Speech, Drama and Debate team takes first in Hardin

Liz Schwartz
Special to the Outlook
In the back from the left are Austin Amestoy and Marley Merchen. In the front row are Jenna Scott, Savannah Keightley, Hannah Kopp, Jessamyn Riechert and Brynnan Miller.
In the back from the left are Austin Amestoy and Marley Merchen. In the front row are Jenna Scott, Savannah Keightley, Hannah Kopp, Jessamyn Riechert and Brynnan Miller.

The Laurel High School Speech, Drama and Debate team continued their victorious 2017-2018 invitational season at the Hardin High School invitational speech, drama and debate meet on Saturday, Nov. 18th. The speech, drama and debate squad had much to celebrate as the team defeated eight Class A schools competing for the Class A drama and speech sweepstakes: Miles City, Billings Central, Glendive, Sidney, Hardin, and Laurel and Belgrade from Eastern A. Since Class A allows students to double enter in Speech and Drama, a strong group of young leaders competed for tournament points in two events, and were very successful in garnering sweepstakes points for Laurel. 

The debate team had a wonderful showing at the Hardin tournament: Freshmen Jenna Scott and Savannah Keightley took first place in policy (team) debate and Austin Amestoy won his second championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate this season. Other debate squad finishers were: Corinna Bickel and Abigail Hillis, third place in public forum debate; Zoe Thomae and Kennedy Deming, fourth place in public forum debate, Peyton Chavez and Colter Given took third in team debate; Jacob Steward, second in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and freshman Andria Mourich took fourth place in Lincoln Douglas Debate. 

The speech squad also had a few champions as well: Marley Merchen placed first and fourth in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, respectively, and Hannah Kopp was humorous oral interpretation champion with a perfect score. Trinitee Powell placed third in memorized public address; Brandon Steppe, sixth in oratory; Josie Teegarden, fourth in informative speaking; Malie Smith, seventh in dramatic interpretation and Ashley M-Baird, eighth in dramatic interpretation. Other competitors contributed to the speech squad’s overall points as well: Rylee Johnson in informative speaking and Andrew Sutton in dramatic interpretation.

A first place finish by Brynnan Miller and Jessamyn Reichers (also first place in dramatic solo acting) in dramatic duo topped the drama squad performance. Other drama squad finishers were: Halie Tisdale, second in humorous solo, Abigail Peterson and Brynnan Miller, second in humorous duo; Sydney Olson, third in dramatic solo; Levi Sharbono and Tye Brown, fourth in humorous duo; Taylor Nobel and Megan Maida, fourth in classical duo; Abigail Peterson, fourth in pantomime; Conor Riedlinger and Roari Holley, fifth in classical duo and Myndi Ness, seventh in mime. Other drama competitors were Samantha Ellingson and Bailey Brockman in dramatic duo.

Once again, this year Laurel High School will host the Locomotive Invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Hosting a tournament requires hours of volunteer judging time over the course of the tournament. Judges’ training will be offered prior to the event. Coach Liz Schwartz will send out letters this week to those who have judged in the past. Anyone interested in judging may contact Liz Schwartz at 628-3953.


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
    Every Wednesday either at noon or at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 201 1/2 E. Main St., Laurel
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:00am
    Mondays, 10 a.m., Thursdays, 1 p.m., Laurel Senior Center, 720 S. 4th St.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
    Thursdays, 6-6:30 p.m., Old Middle School, Room 102
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Mondays & Fridays, 1 p.m., Laurel Senior Center, 720 S. 4th St.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
    First & third Fridays, 7 p.m. at Riverside Hall, at Riverside Park south of Laurel. President: Daisy Henckel 406-591-6969, or www.facebook.com/thelaureljaycees/


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