Glacier, Flathead speech and debate fall short against Bozeman

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This weekend the speech and debate teams from Glacier and Flathead High Schools snagged two of the top three team scores at the Hawker Invitational in Bozeman that drew teams from across the state.

Bozeman had the highest team score with 246, followed by Glacier with 137.5 and Flathead with 113.5. Columbia Falls, a perennial speech and debate powerhouse, took seventh in the meet with 37.5 points but was the top finisher outside of AA schools.

“We just didn’t have balance or depth this weekend,” said Greg Adkins, head coach of the Glacier High School team. “We’ve got to get much better to catch Bozeman.”

Competitors from Glacier won several events, including Legislative Debate, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation and Programmed Oral Interpretation. A Flathead competitor took first in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Below is a full list of finishers from the area:

Varsity Policy Debate — 3. Shyane Williams and Danielle Schwalk, Columbia Falls; 5. Mercedes Altman Rebich and Hallie Massey, Glacier; 6. Zach Ade and Ian Caltabiano, Whitefish.

Novice Policy Debate — 4. Simon Roston and Joe Schlegel, Glacier

Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate — 1. Sierra Dillworth, Flathead; 4. Izy Lyon, Glacier; 6. Gabby Merrell, Columbia Falls; 7. Chris Oberling, Glacier.

Public Forum — 4. Jenna McCrorie and Emmett Van Allen, Glacier; 5. Millie Espeseth and Keegan Siebenaler, Glacier; 6. Lilly Briney and Annabelle Pukas, Flathead; 8. Cassidy Norick and Kelsey Wright, Columbia Falls.

Legislative Debate — 1. Abigail Roston, Glacier; 6. Melissa Roybal, Flathead; 7. Alden Drew, Glacier; 8. Nick Brester, Glacier.

Extemporaneous Speaking — 3. Reed Miller, Flathead; 4. Noah Love, Flathead.

Impromptu Speaking — 2. Trevor Woodward, Glacier; 4. Grace Cady, Flathead; 5. Sienna Riley, Flathead; 6. Reed Miller, Flathead; 8. Brooklyn Lamers, Glacier.

Duo Interpretation — 1. Drew Lorenc and Zach Hill, Glacier; 2. Annie Jones and Hunter Driear, Flathead; 8. Jonah Love and Tanis Hadwin, Flathead.

Humorous Interpretation — 1. Drew Lorenc, Glacier; 7. Annie Jones, Flathead.

Dramatic Interpretation — 1. Delaney Wilson, Glacier; 3. Mariah Schutt, Flathead; 6. Alix Major, Flathead; 7. Jezalyn Schussler, Glacier; 8. Lizzy Olsen, Columbia Falls.

Memorized Public Address — 2. Matthew Knuffke, Glacier; 5. Jordyn King, Columbia Falls; 6. Riley Jochim, Flathead; 8. Maggie Rudbach, Glacier.

Original Oratory — 2. Rebecca Vance, Flathead; 3. Emma Thompson, Flathead; 4. Aidan Fritz, Glacier; 5. Galvin Ness, Glacier; 7. Carson Robison, Flathead; 8. Libby Goldhirsch, Whitefish.

Informative Speaking — 2. Julia Wynne, Flathead; 3. Sienna Riley, Flathead; 4. Galvin Ness, Glacier; 5. Bhodi Hollman, Flathead; 6. Isabelle Thomas, Glacier.

Programmed Oral Interpretation — 1. Sierra Riley, Glacier.

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