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Speech team hosts tournament at high school

Steamboat Invitational brings 120 students

The Steamboat Springs High School speech team hosted its only home tournament of the season Saturday, bringing teams from nine high schools to the 26th Annual Steamboat Springs Invitational.

More than 120 students competed in the event, which team coaches Marty and Shauna Lamansky said was judged by about 40 community volunteers.

Although both coaches have years of experience with the high school speech team and hosting tournaments, coordinating so many people was a daunting task.



“We’ll be tired at the end of the day,” Marty Lamansky said Saturday.

Team members were likely fatigued as well, after pulling double-duty as competitors and tournament facilitators.



After competing in debate and oratory events, students Austin Anderson, Laura Holthausen and Annie Kuczkowski spent time manning the tournament’s judging table, directing volunteer traffic to different events around the school.

Anderson placed fourth in the Lincoln-Douglas debate event, which simulated the 1858 political debates between former President Abraham Lincoln and politician Stephen Douglas, who were vying that year for a U.S. Senate seat representing Illinois.

In the oratory event, Kuczkowski placed third with a speech on stereotypes. Holthausen placed fourth, freshman Rianne Marr placed fifth and junior Rachel Van Baak received an honorary ribbon.

In the humor event, freshman Josie Pacana earned fifth place for a farcical retelling of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale — including dramatic movement and voices for several different characters — and sophomore Alexa Mitchell received an honorary ribbon.

Two new team members, freshmen Sean Hill and John Oakland, participated in their first tournament Saturday and competed in Humor.

Visting high schools included Paonia, Chaparral High School in Parker, Moffat County, Delta, Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Rangely, Hayden, Battle Mountain High School in Minturn, and Glenwood Springs.

Shauna and Marty Lamansky thanked John Kerst and the First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, who they said were “very generous to our team” and helped cover the cost of trophies for the event.

As the speech team begins the second half of its season, upcoming competitions are scheduled Saturday in Fort Collins and Jan. 28 at Central High School in Grand Junction.

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com


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