SHS speech and debate team enjoying stellar year
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Summit County, CO Colorado
The Summit High speech and debate team is having another great year.
Two years ago, the team petitioned to move up from a festival team, competing against schools with fewer than 1,440 students, to a tournament team against larger schools.
Many Denver schools have as many as 60 members, and students take speech and debate classes daily because it is in their curriculum. Competition at this level is tough.
The team often competes at tournaments with 30 schools and usually 45 competitors in each event.
Even so, the team usually has a first-place winner and at least one other finalist and a few more semi-finalists.
At the first varsity meet in Douglas County on Nov. 11, Chloe King and Chamonix Adams-Porter took first place in duo.
At the always-tough Denver-East tournament on Nov. 8, Grant Soyka took first place in LD, and Summit took second place overall.
On Nov. 15, the team went to Greeley Central, where King took first place in humorous interpretation, Matt Truesdell and Austin Miller took first in duo, and Pierce Guillory took first in creative storytelling. Summit took first place overall.
The team traveled on Dec. 20 to Cheyenne East in Wyoming, where Carla Lopez took first place in novice poetry.
Right after Christmas break, the team went back to Cheyenne to compete at Cheyenne Central, competing against schools from four states. King and Adams-Porter took first in duo, and Lopez took first in poetry. Summit took third place overall.
On Jan. 24, the team competed at Overland High School, where Lopez took first in humorous interpretation.
Sixteen out of 19 team members have broken into the semi-finals, representing the top 12 competitors, at least once this year. They all work hard and have been recognized by the judges as top speakers and debaters.
One of our team members, King, has the superior distinction of ranking third in the Rocky Mountain South district. This high honor is earned by accumulating high ranks and scores from four years of competing in speech and debate.
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