Laurel Speech, Drama and Debate wins in Lewistown

Liz Schwartz
Special to the Outlook
In the back row from the left are Sydney Olson, Will Russell, Payton Chavez and Colter Given. In the front are Megan Maida, Taylor Noble, Abigail Peterson, Kennedy Deming and Zoe Thomae.

The Laurel High School speech, drama and debate squad won their fourth straight invitational tournament this past weekend in Lewistown. So far, the Laurel High speech, drama and debate team is undefeated. There were several Class A schools competing for the Class A Sweepstakes: Lewistown, Belgrade, Havre, Hardin; and Laurel won both the Class A Speech Sweepstakes and the Class A Drama Sweepstakes by a margin of more than 70 team points. 

A double championship for junior Will Russell, in impromptu speaking and humorous oral interpretation, led the success of the speech and debate team. Kennedy Deming and Zoe Thomae also took first in public forum debate as did Peyton Chavez and Colter Given in policy (team) debate. Other finalists for the speech and debate squad were: Abigail Hillis and Corinna Bickel, second in public forum debate; Austin Amestoy, second in Lincoln-Douglas debate; Hannah Kopp, second in humorous oral interpretation; Andrew Sutton, second in dramatic interpretation; Andria Mourich, fourth in Lincoln-Douglas; Marley Merchen third in extemp speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking; Trinitee Powell, fifth in memorized public address and seventh in oratory; Jacob Stewart, sixth in Lincoln-Douglas; Ashleigh M-Baird, eighth in dramatic interp; Teresa Twichel, eighth in informative speaking and Brandon Steppe, eighth in oratory. Malie Smith also competed for the speech squad in dramatic interpretation.

A first place finish by classical duo team Megan Maida and Taylor Noble, as well as a championship in dramatic solo by junior Sydney Olson and Abigail Peterson in pantomime, led the drama team to victory. Other finalists for drama were: Levi Sharbono and Tye Brown, second in humorous duo; Brynnan Miller and Jessamyn Reichert, third in dramatic duo; Halie Tisdale, third place in humorous solo; Jessamyn Reichert, third in dramatic solo; Myndi Ness, fourth place in mime;  Conor Riedlinger and Roari Holley, sixth place in classical duo; and Abigail Peterson and Brynnan Miller seventh in humorous interpretation.

“I am continually floored and encouraged by the awesome dedication of the kids to this activity, the same is true of the amazing coaches I get to do this with. I am so excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” commented debate coach Daniel Johnson. The squad will compete at the Billings Catholic Central High School Invitational at Rocky Mountain college next weekend and then will attend the Class AA Billings regional olympiad on Dec. 15th - 16th at Senior High School before taking a break for Christmas.

Laurel High School will hold the Locomotive Invitational Tournament on Saturday Jan. 13th. Judges Training will be offered prior to the event on Thursday, Jan. 11th at the Laurel High School depot. “We encourage everyone to judge; even if you’ve never judged before. It’s a great way to get involved in your community and it’s such an incredible experience to see the level of talent that these high school students possess,” says head coach Liz Schwartz. Anyone interested in judging or helping out at the Tournament may contact Liz Schwartz at 628-3953 or sign up to judge at


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503


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