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Worland speech and debate team places 2nd at state, Bleicher earns state title


March 17, 2022


The Worland High School speech and debate team members are (front row, l-r): Jackson Richard, Tate Green, Gabe Gould, Elizabeth Bleicher, Chase Johnson, Lexani Damiano; (second) Collin Ketterling, Myles Lass, Justice Nelson, Ashlyn Erickson, Kinley Anderson, Abby Craft; (third) Nora Reid, Tessa Barnhill, Lucy Martinson, Breidi Nelson, Kaydence Mosley, Tori Colwell, Carlee Lowry; (fourth) Josh Yslava, Zach Fernandez, Luca Wilson, Katherine Martinson, Kadyn Riley, Oran Green. Not pictured: Kendra Naasz, Kyndall Renner, Aurora Guthrie, Kevin Fuchs, Jorden Valli, Ethan Johnson.

WORLAND – The Worland High School speech and debate team placed second in 3A at the State Meet in Riverton last weekend. Elizabeth Bleicher, Ten Sleep senior competing for Worland, earned the Wyoming 3A State Championship and the Overall Championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

“We did so much better than expected,” said coach Rick Dorn. “There was only one point between second to third, third to fourth and fourth to fifth [place]. It was a real dogfight.”

According to Dorn, Riverton took first place, Lander took third, Star Valley took fourth and Powell took fifth. There were 13 3A schools, and 35 total schools in the competition.

Earning All-State Honors for highest 3A finishes in the state went to Kinley Anderson – who placed third in 3A congress and dramatic, Tate Green who placed third in 3A extemporaneous speaking. Bleicher took second in 3A oratory. Green and Nora Reid took third in 3A cross-examination debate, Kaydence Mosely who took third in 3A program oral interpretation (POI) and Tori Colwell who took second in 3A POI.

Going to quarterfinals and earning fifth place in cross examination debate were Green and Nora Reid.

Advancing to finals in oratory and earning sixth place was Elizabeth Bleicher.

Gabe Gould and Kinley Anderson earned points in congress, Katherine Martinson earned points in oratory and Josh Yslava and Kinley Anderson earned points in dramatic interpretation.

According to Dorn, the team will attend National Qualifiers this weekend in Rock Springs. Nationals will be June 12-17 in Louisville, Kentucky. 12-17 in Louisville, Kentucky.


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