Whitefish Speakers Win First Place

By Beacon Staff

Whitefish High School Speech and Debate Team competed at Corvallis High School Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Whitefish went in with 20 competitors and walked out on top. “I am so proud of the team,” said new assistant coach Saundra Alessi.

With a first place finish in Class A schools, the team ended the weekend with 101 points. Columbia Falls followed in second place with 98 points.

Varsity Lincoln Douglas debater senior Owen Goble took first place. Goble with a tired grin ear to ear, gives a thumbs up for his first place finish of the season. Junior Ellen Scheffer took eighth place in Lincoln Douglas.

In varsity Policy Debate, sophomore Joey Mazur and freshman Adam Harris reached a second place finish.

In Memorized Public Address, junior Tyler Schiff took fourth; freshmen Stephanie Christensen and Julie Peterman finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

In Humorous Oral Interpretation, junior Anders Hansen took second place and sophomore Tamir Rawlings took fourth place. Impromptu Speaker senior Trevor Bennett also took fourth place. Senior Julia Williamson placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Senior Katie Dodds ended the tournament with first place in Original Oratory. Dodds said, “It was really unexpected and nice to see all of the team’s hard work at practice pay off.”

This coming weekend, Whitefish will head to Columbia Falls for Divisionals.