MCHS speechsters slip on staggered schedule |

MCHS speechsters slip on staggered schedule

Mikaela Rierson

Thirteen schools competed in the speech tournament and student congress held at Delta High School Friday and Saturday.
Moffat County placed fourth overall with Montrose taking first, Durango garnering second and Grand Junction Central pulling third.
“We have a large faction of novices on the team right now, and the tournament was an excellent exercise in stamina,” MCHS speech coach Jo Grimes said. “The tournament was run on a staggered schedule, one that demands switching gears from one event to another.”
Amanda Breen took first place in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Justin Hunsaker took outstanding speaker in the student congress, with Rebecca Chadwick reaping superior speaker in student congress. Fourth place went to the duo-team of Ben Koucherik and Chris Skowronski and to Amanda Breen in Oratory. Skowronski and Chadwick took sixth place in drama and humor respectively. Four honorable mentions were awarded to Koucherik, Chris Wintemute, Loren Vikse, and the duo team of Rebecca Chadwick and Kelly Anderson.
“The Moffat County competitors feedback reflects that they saw some incredible performances and that they are getting better all the time,” Grimes said.
Other schools competing were Ridgeway, Paonia, Fruita, Grand Junction Central, Cedaridge, Hotchkiss, Cortez, Durango, Grand Junction High School, Montrose, Delta and Palisade.
The next tournament will be held Dec. 1 and 2. The team will be split, with some members going to Glenwood Springs and the upper seeds going to Chatfield or Cherry Creek.
Some of the speech team members will read stories to children at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Moffat County Library, as part of the literacy program.

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