Speech and Debate is off and running on what promises to be one of the best seasons in years. Over 70 students turned out this year, the largest team in several years, and even though there are plenty of fresh new faces on the team, they are holding their own.
Off to a good start the speech team took 4th overall at the Dusty Roads Invitational this past weekend in Helena.
Junior Kade Headahl placed 3rd in Original Oratory.
Junior Julie Quackenbush placed 2nd in Informative Speaking.
Sophomores Jared Rosenquist and Peyton Shermer took 7th in Duo Interpretation.
Senior Kincaid MacDonald placed 3rd inLegislative Debate, and Senior Chris Malcomson taking 1st in Legislative Debate.
Coach Meredith Britt is pleased with her team thus far.
"Highlights this season include several first place finished for individuals. Also, for team points, we have come out on top of Hellgate the past two meets."
While there are many up-and-coming competitors the Spartans they also have a long list of seasoned players.
"Senior debaters Joyce Liu and Chirssy Hartman are doing consistently well in Public Forum Debate. Julie Quackenbush is looking strong in Informative and took 2nd this past weekend. Olivia Jenkinson took home a first place finish a few weeks back at the Bozeman tournament in Memorized Public Address," Britt said.
"Kade Hedahl has had a few top three finished in Original Oratory. Legislative debaters, Christopher Malcomson, and Maddy Braun, are consistently in the top 3, with a few first place finishes for Chris," said Britt.
Britt is also looking at the underclassmen to step-up this year and fill the holes of the past.
"Some of our new freshmen are performing quite well," Britt said. "Freshmen Kellen Moore, Ellen Loran, and Morgan Murphy are all showing great promise in Public Forum."
"Meave Lange and Sophomore Peyton Shermer are performing quite well in Original Oratory. Sophomore Lincoln Douglas, debaters Hannah Gregory, Bailee Sjorstrom and Cole Sauterare shoing some great promise as well."
Britt is also looking to see Sophomore Nash Sauter, who is consistently breaking into the top 16 in his events, make it to the stage this season as well.
The team will travel north this weekend to compete in the Kalispell Regionals for their last tournament before break.