LHS speech, drama and debate teams prepare for state tournament

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LIZ SCHWARTZ
Special to the Outlook
Photo courtesy of Liz Schwartz.  Humorous Interpertation and Pantomime Champions Hannah Kopp and Abigail Hillis from LHS.

The Laurel High School Speech, Drama and Debate team has been on the road these last few weeks, continuing their 2016-2017 invitational season with stellar performances at the Fergus County High School and Huntley Project High School Invitational meets. Laurel took first place in the Class A Speech and Drama Sweepstakes in Fergus, beating both Belgrade and Billings Central in a hard fought effort to continue the team’s bid at winning the speech and drama sweepstakes at the upcoming State tournament in Laurel.
In Huntley, the following week, there were eight Class A schools competing for the Class A Sweepstakes: Dawson County of Glendive, Custer County of Miles City, Billings Central, Hardin, Laurel, Sidney, Belgrade and Fergus from Central A. Laurel captured first place in the Class A Speech Sweepstakes and took second in the Class A Drama Sweepstakes.
Debate finalists were integral in the top overall placements of the team in the last two tournaments. Payton Chavez and Colter Given took fourth place in team debate at Huntley. Also competing in debate were Ben Longbottom, Austin Amestoy and Jacob Stewart. Longbottom took first and fifth respectively, Amestoy took second and seventh and Stewart took third and first.
In Public Forum debate, Cara Goeke and Corinna Bickel took third in Huntley and Zoe Thomae and Kennedy Deming placed first in Fergus and second in Huntley.
The speech team finalists were Trinitee Powell, who placed second and fifth respectively in original oratory; Marley Merchen, who placed seventh and third in extemporaneous speaking; Will Russell, who placed first in impromptu speaking in Fergus and fifth in Huntley.
Teresa Twichel, who took second in informative speaking in Fergus, and Rylee Johnson also competed in informative speaking taking eighth place in Huntley. Humorous interpretation finalists were Hannah Kopp, first and fifth respectively and Trever White, who took fourth in Fergus. Also competing for the speech team were Samantha Ellingson in humorous interpretation, Brandon Steppe in original oratory and Andrew Sutton in dramatic interpretation.
The drama squad results were topped by a stellar pantomime performance by Abigail Hillis who placed first in Fergus and second in Huntley. Other drama team finalists were Cierra Metcalf, fifth and seventh respectively in Humorous solo, HannahBelle Peterson, third in humorous solo in Fergus; Taylor Noble and Megan Maida, third in classical duo in Fergus and Sydney Olson and Bailey Brockman, seventh in classical duo in Huntley. In humorous duo, Abigail Peterson and Brynnan Miller took fifth at both tournaments and Tye Brown and Levi Sharbono took second at Fergus.
At the Eastern A Divisional tournament hosted by Havre High School last week LHS took second place in speech sweepstakes and second place on drama sweepstakes.
All three LHS teams earned a berth at the State Class A tournament this weekend, Jan. 27-28 hosted by Laurel, in Laurel.

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