by Sidney Robertson, Canine Courier reporter
The speech and debate season kicked off Oct. 11-12, when 11 EHS students went to Kickapoo High School to compete in the Glendale-Kickapoo Speech and Debate Tournament, the first one of the year.
Although no students came back with medals, they all came back with a satisfaction of completing the goals that they had previously set for themselves. Some of these people included Sarah Dingerson, Raelynn Knight and Season Miller. Everyone thought they performed very well for their first tournament of the year.
Raelynn said, “The tournament was fun because it was nice to meet new people who love acting as much as you do.”
Hannah Robertson added, “It was fun, and I got to see some old friends from other schools.”
Whether it was meeting old friends, making new ones, debating or acting, these EHS students had a real blast.
On Oct. 24, the Bulldogs brought home two trophies from the Diamond Novice Speech and Debate Tournament. Eleven students participated in the tournament. The varsity members judged and the novice team members competed. Judging for EHS was Sophia Marsh, Cameron Collins, Brandon Compton, Hannah Robertson and Michaela Leedy.
First time judge Hannah Robertson said, “It was a fun and humbling experience.”
Senior Michaela Leedy also judged at the tournament. To Michaela, it was, “A unique experience being on the other side of the score sheet for once.”
Novice EHS students performed at their highest and had very good outcomes. Competing for EHS was Kyle Robertson, Sarah Dingerson, Shane Trowbridge, Carolyn Todd, Season Miller and Brooke Redburn.
Kyle Robertson performed his original oratory about why gifted programs should not have their funding cut. It was his first time performing his speech. Though he didn’t place, he remained optimistic and commented, “I can only get better at it from here.”
Shane Trowbridge, who performed in international extemporaneous speaking said, “It was a really good learning experience.”
Brooke Redburn performed the storytelling piece Opossum Stew by Doug Cushman. With a huge smile on her face, Brooke shared, “It was lots of fun. It’s good for people to join Speech and Debate. You get past the nerves to perform.”
Season Miller and Carolyn Todd both went over the top representing EHS. Season Miller, who performed her dramatic interpretation Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park, placed second in the tournament. She said, “It was awesome! I was actually able to make myself cry during the performance!”
Carolyn Todd performed her storytelling piece, “What Should A Hippo Wear?” by Jane Sutton. She ended up placing fifth in her event and earning a trophy. “I feel pretty proud of myself,” she said. “It was a really good experience and I think I did really well, it being my first tournament and all.”
All in all, EHS students came to Diamond and tore through the competition to place in the finals of the tournament. With victory in their hearts, these Bulldogs are ready to win at their next Speech and Debate Tournament in Buffalo on Nov. 23.