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Speechsters place second in Grand Junction

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The Moffat County High School (MCHS) speech team placed second among 14 teams at the Madge Huffer Mesa State College High School Invitational Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

MCHS speechsters Kelly Anderson, Amanda Breen, Chris Casinger, Rebecca Chadwick, Krystle Fahle-Bowler, Kip Holdridge, Justin Hunsaker, Steve Jackman, Nubia Martinez, Andrea Palloero, Stephanie Raschke, Ben Shellhorn, Chris Skowronski, Angela Vesely and Chris Wintemute all pitched in for the second place finish.

In the student congress competition, a new event this year dealing with parliamentary procedure where competitors act as senators and representatives to try and pass laws, Breen and Shellhorn took home first place honors while Martinez took second and Holdridge, Skowronski and Raschke took fifth.

Overall results in the tournament include: Holdridge, first place finish in dramatic interpretation of literature and second in humorous interpretation of literature; Vesely, second in oratory; Chadwick, third in humorous interpretation of literature; Casinger received the third highest speaker points in junior varsity debate and teamed with Wintemute for a fourth place finish in junior varsity cross examination debate; Hunsaker, fourth place in humorous interpretation of literature; and Shellhorn fourth place in original oratory; and Martinez placed sixth in original oratory.

Holdridge earned the most speaker points for the tournament and was awarded most outstanding speaker. This honor came with a four-year scholarship to Mesa State College.

MCHS speech coach Jill Grimes said it was a great tournament.

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“I’m very happy for the team for finishing second this week,” Grimes said. “Last week’s second place finish at home wasn’t due to the fact that we furnished the majority of the judges. The other teams certainly now know that our judges were fair in the assessment of the performances by these talented students.

“I was extremely proud of the whole team. Each member overcame some pretty hearty obstacles and they just shrugged and persevered. I am also very impressed with Kip Holdridge … When Kip walked away with that trophy and the certificate of scholarship, the team broke into pandemonium.”