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WHS speech and debate team wins 1st in small schools at Riverton


February 24, 2017

WORLAND – Worland High School speech and debate team won first for small schools at the Riverton tournament last weekend finishing second in the tournament overall behind Cheyenne East.

“They booked 1A, 2A and 3A all together as small schools and then they put the 4As by themselves,” Worland High School speech and debate coach Rick Dorn said. “We were up against Starr Valley and Cody which is a good test for us because those are two of the schools that have beaten us in state before,” he added.

WHS students individually placed as follows:

— Poetry: Sullie-Ann Keunties third and Emily Brown sixth.

— Humorous: Dalen Brazelton fourth.

— Impromptu: Dominic Damiano first and Brazelton second.

— Dramatic Interpretation: Keunties third and Clare Neylon fourth.

— Public forum debate: Emily Wheeler and Courtney Woolery third and Nick Bower and Madison Tadlock quarterfinalists.

— Congressional Debate: Taelor Nielsen fourth.

— CX (Cross Examination debate) Paris Caines and Rachel Carver third and Taelor Nielsen and Arora Chamberlain second.

— LD (Lincoln-Douglas debate) Emily Brown quarterfinalist.

Dorn stated that he would like to have the team compete in a larger tournament but that there aren’t many large tournaments. “Winning the small tournaments is really nice but we have to see how we do when we are all together and in Natrona we came in second behind Riverton,” he stated.

Their next tournament is at Greybull Friday but the predicted weather is a cause for concern. Dorn stated that Riverton has already cancelled and Green River is worried that they may not be able to come. “This is our last one before state that we get to compete in, so kind of wanted to see how we were doing against Riverton in another head to head. We beat them once, they beat us once. We need to see how we are doing overall,” Dorn said. “The problem is where they beat us was the bigger tournament that had more schools. But at that point our debates had not come around and now they have come around and they have started winning tournaments, so the hope is that they will keep that up,” he added.

Worland hosts the annual Worlando Beach Tournament March 3-4. As host they do not compete.

State is March 9 - 11 in Green River and the national qualifiers are the following weekend.


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