Flathead notches win leading into state tourney

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The Flathead High School Speech and Debate team was victorious in Great Falls over the weekend in the last tournament before the state tournament.

Flathead squeezed into the lead, earning 151 overall points for the win, over Glacier High School’s 142.5 points. In third place was Bozeman with 105 points.

“This weekend was a nail-biter to the end between the state’s three top speech and debate programs,” Flathead Head Coach Shannon O’Donnell said. “I’m proud of our kids for finishing strong. It will be an exciting state tournament this year, as each tournament seems to be decided in the final rounds.”

Glacier Head Coach Greg Adkins noted, “I am excited that we were under only 8.5 points away from the team title, but I am also bummed that we were 8.5 points away from the team title. We have improved dramatically this season, and I feel like we still haven’t peaked yet. Flathead put together a remarkable tournament, and held us off at the end. We have set the table for quite a battle for the state title.”

The Class AA heavyweights will meet again at the state tournament on Jan. 25-26 in Kalispell. Flathead will fight for the state championship title on home turf as it hosts the event.

In preparing for the state competition, volunteers are needed to judge events. To sign up to judge, or more information, visit www.kalispellspeechdebate.org or contact Kyla Niva at nivak@sd5.k12.mt.us.

Following are individual results from the Great Falls tournament.

Varsity Policy Debate

2. Mercedes Altman-Rebich and Simon Roston, Glacier

7. Parker Davey and Caitlyn Franke, Glacier

Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate

1. Malea Bauer, Glacier

2. Eva Bruce, Flathead

3. Sierra Dilworth, Flathead

Public Forum Debate

3. Hailie Nikunen and Kaitlyn Carter, Glacier

Legislative Debate

1. Melissa Roybal, Flathead

2. Ashlyn Cleveland, Glacier

5. Kianna Storm, Flathead

6. Joe Schlegel, Glacier

7. Jacob Beaudoin, Flathead

Extemporaneous Speaking

2. Reed Miller, Flathead

4. Brooklyn Lamers, Glacier

5. Lauren Stratton, Glacier

6. Scott O’Donnell, Flathead

Impromptu Speaking

1. Scott O’Donnel,l Flathead

2. Reed Miller, Flathead

4. Brooklyn Lamers, Glacier

7. Galvin Ness, Glacier

Duo Interpretation

2. Drew Lorenc and Zach Hill, Glacier

3. Ashley Bruce and Asher Robinson, Glacier

7. Sierra Riley and Dresden Allred, Glacier

Humorous Interpretation

1. Jonah Love, Flathead

3. Alix Major, Flathead

4. Drew Lorenc, Glacier

5. Simon Hill, Glacier

Dramatic Interpretation

3. Jane Trina, Glacier

7. Toby Diegel, Flathead

Memorized Public Address

1. Korbyn Howe, Flathead

2. Olivia Kalvig, Glacier

5. Becca Cross, Glacier

7. Zach Hill, Glacier

Original Oratory

1. Julia Wynne, Flathead

2. Sarabeth Rogge, Flathead

5. Carson Robison, Flathead

Informative Speaking

2. John Shelton, Flathead

4. Julia Wynne, Flathead

5. Savannah Metzler, Flathead

6. Jez Schussler, Glacier

Program Oral Interpretation

1. Carson Robison, Flathead

2. Sierra Riley, Glacier

7. Alexa Wilton, Glacier

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