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Speech and Debate finished its regular season on top, qualifying four for the National Speech and Debate Tournament to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in June.
Senior Chris Malcomson qualified for the third consecutive year in Congressional Debate, Senate. He also won the National Speech and Debate Association Student of the Year Award for Montana.
“This award recognizes Chris’ years of success in debate, as well as his leadership, perseverance, and service to the activity, and is an incredible honor well deserved by this astounding individual,” head coach Cassidy Brooks said.
“I do plan to attend Nationals this year. I will start to prepare in a couple months when they release the docket with all the bills on it,” Malcomson said. “After that, I’ll start to practice two or three times a week leading up to Nationals.”
Junior Maddy Braun qualified in Congressional Debate, House and Sophomores Jared Rosenquist and Peyton Riska also made it in Duo Interpretation.
“We were pleasantly surprised by Jared and Peyton’s performance,” assistant coach Meredith Britt said. “They had been in the top seven all season long, but had to make the jump to the top three in their event in order to qualify for Nationals. We believe that their piece will perform well at the National level due to the seriousness of their chosen subject matter.”
The team also won the Congress Award, which goes to the school with the best overall performance in Congressional Debate. “This is largely due to incredible coaching by Meredith Britt, and a student group effort including all our qualifiers and alternates,” Brooks said.
Alternate positions went to Senior Zach Tonnerre and Sophomore Colin Baker. Brooks also wants to credit Sophomores Halton Stancil, Nash Sauter, Cole Sauter, and Juniors Stephen Clement and Sabina Farr.