Moffat County High School speech competitor Amanda Breen scooped up first place in Original Oratory at Friday's tournament in Niwot.
"She placed first in every preliminary round of both her events, oratory and dramatic interpretation dramatic interp is an event she'd never tried before this tournament and she just took off!" speech coach Jill Grimes said. "It was wonderful for her."
Other MCHS speechsters bringing home prizes were Krystle Fahle-Bowler, second place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Rebecca Chadwick and Samantha Janiga, second in Duet Acting; Eva La and Stephanie Braselton, third in Duet Acting; Amanda Breen, sixth in Dramatic Interpretation of Literature; Chris Wintemute, seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking; and Stephanie Raschke, eighth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Skyline High School took second place and Longmont placed first in the coach's award category.
The 19 schools competing with MCHS in the tourney included Westminster, Skyline, Weld Central, Greeley Central, Longmont, Podre, Ft. Collins, Monarch, Thompson Valley, Northridge, Yuma, Brighton, Boulder, Centaurus, Merino, Rocky Mountain, Loveland, Mountain View and Greeley West.
"Most of the schools we compete against for the national qualifying tournament were there Friday," Grimes said. "And for us to come away with so many awards is, indeed, very promising."
The next speech tournament will be held on Jan. 6 at Steamboat Springs High School. In the meantime, several members of the speech team will be reading stories to children at the Moffat County Library at 6 p.m. on Dec. 21.