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HHS Speech & Debate Team holds second place in CFC tournaments

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 15th, 2014

Members of the Huron High School Speech & Debate Team include, front row, from left, Abbey Reese, Gabriel Ryland, Madison Spoonemore, Ben Halbkat and Madison Holland; and in back, Ehya Htoo, Caleb Schoenfelder, Maddy Klein, Cameron Schroeder and Elise DeVries. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

The Huron High School Speech & Debate Team traveled to the second of three Central Forensic Conference (CFC) tournaments held at Sioux Falls O’Gorman on Jan. 11. Huron is currently in second place.

The current standings after the CFC tournament No. 2 are:

1 — Yankton (282 points)

2 — Huron (226 points)

3 — Mitchell (216 points)

4 — SF O’Gorman (188)

5 — Lennox (168)

6 — SF Washington (149)

7 — Brandon Valley (109)

8 — Harrisburg (95)

9 — SF Roosevelt (78)

10 — Vermillion (34)

11 — SF Christian (26)

Top finishers for Huron include:

• In Duet Interp, Cameron Schroeder and Ben Halbkat advanced to the final round and placed third.

• In Humorous Interp, Ben Habkat advanced to the final round and placed second.

• In Serious Interp, Huron advanced two to the final round: Ehya Htoo placed fourth and Gabriel Ryland placed sixth.

• In Novice Oratory, Huron advanced two the finals: Madison Holland placed second and Madison Spoonemore placed third.

• In Novice Extemp, Abbey Reese advanced to finals and placed third.

• In Varsity Oratory, Maddy Klein advanced to finals and placed fourth.

• In Novice LD Debate, Caleb Schoenfelder went 2-2 and placed second, while Elise DeVries went 2-2 and placed third.

• In Novice Public Forum Debate, Abbey Reese and Aspen Stevens went 3-1 and finished sixth. The team of Alexander Zell and Andrew Uttecht also went 3-1.

“We had another successful CFC Tournament,” said Head Coach Mitch Gaffer. “We placed students in six of the seven individual event speaking finals. We were able to show some success in debate, while starting new resolutions and running new cases. Yes, we have work to do but we feel this team is up to the challenge.

“As coaches, we are very proud of this team,” he added. “There are very good schools competing in the CFC. To be in the top three is a real achievement. We have a chance to keep the first/second place streak intact. We will work to try and extend it to 28 straight years.”

The next tournament for the team is the Watertown Speech Fiesta on Jan. 24-25.

For the complete article see the 01-14-2014 issue.

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