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HHS Speech & Debate team qualifies for Nationals

Posted: Thursday, Mar 6th, 2014

From left, are Dylan Stahly and Ben Brown, second alternate to Nationals in Public Forum Debate, and Maddy Klein and Maddy Gohn National Qualifiers in Duet Interp. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

The Huron Speech & Debate Team traveled to Brookings High School for the Northern South Dakota NFL National Qualifying Tournament from Feb. 28-March 1.

Maddy Klein and Maddy Gohn finished first in Duet Interp and will advance to the National Speech & Debate Tournament held in Kansas City this summer. This is their second National Tournament Qualification. Klein and Gohn qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament last year in Alabama, as well.

In Public Forum Debate, Ben Brown and Dylan Stahly advanced to the final rounds. They finished the tournament as the second alternates to Nationals. The team of Abbey Reese and Aspen Stevens advanced to the semi final round of Public Forum Debate.

“We had a good NFL Quals Tournament,” said head coach Mitch Gaffer. “Maddy and Maddy qualified for their second National Tournament. Ben and Dylan advanced to finals and are alternates to Nationals. We had many students make deep runs into the tournament. They worked hard for two weeks preparing for this tournament. The Huron community can be proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Other competitors from Huron and how far they advanced in the tournament are:

• Oratory: Maddy Klein (4 rounds), Madison Holland (4 rounds), Madyson Spoonemore (3 rounds), Franziska de Vries (3 rounds)

• Humorous Interp: Ben Halbkat (4 rounds), Gabriel Ryland (3 rounds), Tabitha Schmidt (2 rounds)

• Dramtic Interp: Htee Khu (3 rounds), Becca Langbehn (3 rounds), Ehya Htoo (2 rounds), Ian Austin (2 rounds)

• Duet Interp: Ben Halbkat & Cameron Schroeder (3), Jaclynn Rogers & Julieana Wallenstein (2 rounds)

• Public Forum Debate: Robin Rittel & Karina Ward (3 rounds)

• LD Debate: (All advancing 2 rounds:) Alex Adermann, Caleb Schoenfelder, Madyson Spoonemore, Becca Langbehn.

The next tournament for the HHS Speech & Debate Team is the State Tournament to be hosted at Huron High School Friday and Saturday.

For the complete article see the 03-05-2014 issue.

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