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Laurie Cotten, second from right, a Moffat County High School sophomore and speech and debate member, holds the second-place trophy the team won at a competition Friday and Saturday in Delta. Other team members include, from left, junior Morgan Carrico, senior Skyler Leonard, senior Cullen Dilldine and junior Cassidy Wagner, far right.

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MCHS speech and debate team seals second-place finish with young team

If this weekend’s performance is any indication, the Moffat County High School speech and debate team could have a winning season ahead. The team earned 201 points at a competition Friday and Saturday in Delta, cinching second-place overall among 14 teams, coach Casey Kilpatrick said. The kind of competitors MCHS brought to the meet may make the win more significant. A total of 16 students went to the meet, Kilpatrick said, and 10 of them were novices, meaning this is their first year in speech and debate. The finish was “incredibly impressive,” he added. “We beat schools that had three to four times more varsity members than we did.”

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