The Huron Debate and Interp Team traveled to the Yankton Lewis & Clark Tournament on Jan. 25-26.
Overall, the team finished eighth out of 18 teams at the tournament, which was won by Aberdeen Central.
“We had some illnesses that kept us from entering some divisions and that hurt us in the overall team standings, but we had a strong tournament and the coaches are very proud of our performance in Yankton,” said head coach Mitch Gaffer.
Top finishers for Huron were as follows:
• In Novice Public Forum Debate, Dylan Stahly and Ben Brown went 4-1 in the preliminary rounds to advance to the final round. They defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln in the final round to take first.
• In Varsity LD Debate, Crystal Wharton went 3-2 and placed sixth.
• Advancing to the final round from Huron In Duet Interp were Maddy Klein and Maddy Gohn placing first, Ben Halbkat and Troy Berg placing second, and Paul Christenson and Derek Barnes placing fourth.
• In Dramatic Interp, Maddy Gohn advanced to the final round and placed second.
• Advancing to the final round from Huron in Humorous Interp were Ben Halbkat placing third, Troy Berg placing fourth, and Paul Christenson placing fifth.
• In Novice Oratory, Karina Ward advanced to the final round and placed third.
• In Varsity Oratory, Sarahi Luna advanced to the final round and placed sixth.
“Dylan and Ben had a great tournament in Novice Public Forum Debate,” Gaffer said. “We debated a resolution on the rise of China’s affect on the U.S. It deals with difficult foreign policy issues. It took a lot of reading on these issues and case writing this week to get ready. The fact that they won the final round under these conditions is commendable.”
Gaffer said students placed in the finals of all three interp divisions and both oratory divisions.
“Again, a lot of hard work and after-school practice time paid off with quality finishes at the tournament,” Gaffer said.
The next tournament for the Debate and Interp Team is the final Central Forensic Conference Tournament in Brandon Valley on Feb. 2.
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