Speech team fares well at recent meet

Battle Mountain High School in Avon held a speech tournament Oct. 16 for eight schools including Moffat County High School (MCHS).

MCHS competed against Limon, Platte Canyon, Summit, Battle Mountain, Roaring Fork, Vail Mountain and Rifle. Overall, the team took home 13 ribbons, including Ben Shellhorn's two first place ribbons in debate and oratory.

Other ribbon winners include Amanda Breen, second place in debate and third place in oratory; Angela Vesely, second in oratory; Krystle Fahle-Bowler, third in drama and fifth in debate; Rebecca Chadwick, fourth in humor and creative story telling; and Chris Skowronski, fifth in drama.

Superior ribbons went to Chris Wintemute and Kip Holdridge who received both superior and excellent ribbons in debate and humor respectively. Eric Boutwell also received an excellent ribbon in debate.

Other MCHS speech team members are Eric Boutwell, Justin Hunsaker, Steve Jackman and Stephanie Raschke.

Moffat County High School Speech coach Jill Grimes is pleased with the performance.

"This tournament was good for us," Grimes said. "It got our engines running again. Most of the varsity team members broadened their horizons and tried something new. The novice students learned the tournament process and did quite well for their first tournament. In fact, one of our novices placed a fairly unusual occurrence."

Next up for the speech team is the George Washington Novice Tournament Oct. 30.

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