MCHS speech team in two places at once

Both novice and varsity competitors take first place honors at tourney

The Moffat County High School (MCHS) speech team split up for its Dec. 2competition.

Novice speakers competed in Glenwood Springs and the varsity team competed at Chatfield High School in Jefferson County.

Schools competing against beginning speakers were Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork, Rifle, Platte Canyon, Rangely, Hayden and Meeker.

Teneil Jayne took first in Oratory and Samantha Janiga won a superior ribbon in Humor. Ribbons for excellence were given to Stephanie Braselton, Chris James, and Bobby Thompson in Humorous Duet Acting; Eva La in Oratory and Humorous Duet Acting; Loren Vikse in Value Debate and Humor; and Ben Vikse in Value Debate.

"Almost every competitor came home with an award," Assistant Coach Paula Duzik said. "Teneil's first place was remarkable and we are really pleased with her success at this tournament."

Eight varsity students competed at Chatfield, with the duo team of Ben Koucherik and Chris Skowronski gleaning first place.

"The tournament was very competitive," Coach Jill Grimes said. "It was larger than state and the events were loaded with outstanding varsity participants."

Forty schools participated with MCHS in the Jefferson County fete, including Golden, Mullen, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Arvada West, George Washington, Bear Creek, Longmont, Skyline, Niwot, Dakota Ridge, Eagle Crest, Denver School of the Arts, Columbine, Ponderosa, Highland's Ranch, Moffat Country, Chatfield, Fairview and Centaurus.

Grimes was pleased with the overall results of her team. "The students got some excellent feedback and they held their own," she said. "Ben and Chris placing first in duo is an excellent sign. Keeping good attitudes and continuing to work on their performance, I think these two gentlemen could go all the way."

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