Seven Moffat County High School (MCHS) speech team members broke into the finals last weekend during the Niwot Tournament in Longmont.
MCHS speech coach Jill Grimes praised the team.
"We had a great time at the tournament," Grimes said. "The students really did a good job and maintained positive attitudes in spite of the long delays due to too few judges. We're not sure how we placed overall because we felt it was necessary to get on the road before the awards.
"We're looking forward to the Steamboat Springs Tournament when we return from our vacation. January and February are very busy, but they are the home stretch. That's when all the tournaments are pointing toward those ever-so-important ones called State and National Qualifications."
For Moffat County, Kelly Anderson, Eric Boutwell, Amanda Breen, Chris Casinger, Rebecca Chadwick, Krystle Fahle-Bowler, Kip Holdridge, Justin Hunsaker, Ben Koucherik, Nubia Martinez, Andrea Pallaoro, Ben Shellhorn, Chris Skowronski, Caleb Van Wagner, Angela Vesely, Sandy Walsh and Chris Wintemute competed in the Dec. 11 tournament.
Holdridge and Koucherik placed sixth in duo interpretation, Breen placed fourth in oratory, Anderson and Pallaoro placed third in duet acting, Shellhorn placed second in extemporaneous speaking and a first place finish went to Koucherik in dramatic interpretation of literature.
Vesely, Pallaoro and Skowronski earned excellent ribbons; and Walsh, Martinez and Chadwick received superior ribbons.
MCHS competed against 22 other schools at the tournament including Steamboat Springs, Weld Central, Skyline, Poudre, Westminster, Weldon Valley, Ft. Collins, Boulder, Longmont, Heath, Greeley Central, Centaurus, Greeley West, Ranum, Monarch, F. Morgan, Rocky Mountain, Yuma, Thompson Valley, Loveland, Brighton and Fairview.