Forensics team take third at State

The LHS speech, drama, and debate squad competed with the crème de la crème of Montana Class A in the 2018 state speech, drama and debate tournament hosted by Corvallis High School on Friday and Saturday Jan. 26th and 27th. The teams clinched third place overall in both the Class A Speech Sweepstakes and Drama Sweepstakes out of 22 schools competing. Columbia Falls took home first place in speech sweepstakes and Whitefish took second. In drama, Corvallis took first and Park High of Livingston took second. Laurel was the only school to place in the top three in both sweepstakes.

A first, second and third place sweep by Jacob Stewart, Andria Mourich and Austin Amestoy in Lincoln Douglas Debate propelled the Speech and Debate squad to victory. This is the second year in a row that Laurel has “closed out” the top three in the debate category. Other Speech squad state finalists were: Hannah Kopp, third in humorous interpretation and eighth in memorized public address; Jenna Scott and Savanna Keightley, fifth in policy debate; Marley Merchen, seventh in impromptu speaking (also semifinalist in extemporaneous); and Zoe Thomae and Kennedy Deming, eighth in public forum debate. Also competing for the speech squad and earning team points were Abigail Hillis and Corinna Bickel (semifinalist) in public forum debate, Brandon Steppe (semifinalist) in oratory, Andrew Sutton (semifinalist) in dramatic interpretation, and Teresa Twichel (semifinalist) in informational speaking.

A second place finish in dramatic duo by juniors Brynnan Miller and Jessamyn Reichert (also second in dramatic solo) topped the Drama Squad performance. Other Drama squad finishers were: Abigail Peterson, second place in pantomime; Conor Riedlinger and Roari Holley, third in classical Duo; Halie Tisdale, sixth in humorous Solo; Levi Sharbono and Tye Brown, eighth in humorous Duo. Also competing for the drama squad were Taylor Nobel and Megan Maida (semifinalist) in classical duo, Sydney Olson (semifinalist) in dramatic solo, Halie Tisdale (semifinalist) in humorous solo, and Myndi Ness (semifinalist) in pantomime.

Laurel coaches Liz Schwartz, Dan Johnson, Doug Andersen and Daniel Porisch would like to thank Laurel Public Schools and the Laurel community for supporting speech, drama and debate. They’d also like voice their appreciation for all the competitors on the squad for all their hard work and making this season a success.

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