LHS Speech, Drama and Debate kicks off season

Special to the Outlook

The Laurel High School Speech, Drama and Debate team kicked off their 2017-2018 invitational season with strong performances on Saturday, Nov. 4, at West High School for the Eastern Montana Kick-Off tournament hosted by Billings AA schools and Shepherd High School. Then on Saturday, Nov. 11, they went to the Miles City Invitational tournament hosted by Custer Co. High School. Laurel was joined by schools in the Eastern A division and the competition also included many eastern Montana Class B and C schools and AA schools from Billings and Bozeman.
Laurel captured first place in the Class A Speech Sweepstakes and the first place in the Class A Drama Sweepstakes at both tournaments. The Speech and Drama squad hopes to continue their strong showing in speech and drama throughout the season, “We have high hopes of making a repeat top three placement at the state tournament in Corvallis this year. Last year we took third place in both events, we’d love to take home some hardware again this year,” said head coach, Liz Schwartz.
A first place finish in Lincoln-Douglas debate by senior Austin Amestoy, led the performance of the Speech and Debate squad in Billings. In Miles City, junior Hannah Kopp took the championship in humorous oral interpretation. Other speech and debate squad finalists from the Billings and Miles City tournaments were: Colter Given and Payton Chavez, 1st place and 6th place in policy debate; Savannah Keightley and Jenna Scott, 2nd place and 6th place in novice policy; Jacob Stewart, 1st place LD debate; Andria Mourich, 3rd and 6th place novice LD debate; Kennedy Deming and Zoe Thomae 1st and 8th in public forum debate; Marley Merchen, 1st place and 7th in impromptu speaking, also 2nd in extemporaneous; Will Russell, 5th place in impromptu speaking; Corinna Bickel, 4th place in spontaneous oral interpretation; Malie Smith, 3rd place in dramatic oral interpretation; Trinitee Powell, 5th place in memorized public address; Teresa Twichel, 8th place in informative speaking; Rylee Johnson, 4th place in informative speaking; Brandon Steppe, 7th place in original oratory; Josie Teegarden, 5th place in informative speaking and Abigail Hillis and Corinna Bickel, 3rd place in public forum debate​.
The drama squad also had many finalists scoring team points at the first two tournaments: Brynnan Miller and Jessamyn Reichert, first in dramatic duo; Halie Tisdale, 5th and 3rd in humorous solo; Abigail Hillis, first place in pantomime; Sydney Olson, 3rd and 1st place in dramatic solo; Connor Riedlinger and Roari Holley, 3rd place in classical duo; Jessamyn Reichert, 5th place in dramatic solo; Abigail Peterson, 2nd in pantomime; Taylor Nobel and Megan Maida, 2nd place in classical duo; Tye Brown and Levi Sharbono, 7th in humorous duo; Samantha Ellingson and Bailey Brockman, 7th place in dramatic duo and Myndi Ness, 5th place in pantomime.
The team will continue competition at the Hardin Invitational Speech, Drama and Debate tournament before taking a break until after Thanksgiving.
Coaches this year for the Laurel Forensics Team are Liz Schwartz, Doug Andersen, Dan Johnson and Dan Porisch. This year Laurel High School will host the Laurel Invitational Speech, Drama and Debate tournament on January 13th, 2018. Hosting a tournament requires a huge number of hours of volunteer judging time. Judges Training will be offered prior to the event. Liz Schwartz will send out letters to those who have judged in the past. Anyone interested in judging or helping out at the tournament may contact Schwartz at 628-3953.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Every Wednesday 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 The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Monday, May 6, 2019
• Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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