Jackson Speech Dominates At Second Meet

JacksonBroncBlack_smThe Jackson Hole High School Speech and Debate Team returned victorious from their second invitational meet of the year, held at Natrona High School November 14.  Jackson was the overall winner of the meet, earning an incredible 208 points while the other 8 schools in attendance only earned a combined total of 163 points. Londe Gagnon and Peggy Gagnon coach the team.  Londe Gagnon said, “This meet really highlights the depth we have on our team.  We are fortunate that we do not need to rely on a small group of team members but can anticipate any number of students stepping up to help contribute to our team effort.”

Sophomore Nancy Marquina-Garcia had a stellar meet with two first place finishes and a fifth place finish.  Marquina-Garcia earned top honors in varsity dramatic interpretation and placed fifth in varsity poetry interpretation. She was joined on the poetry stage by her teammates senior Sloane Gordon who placed first,  senior Nicole Collins who placed second, and junior Sophia Andrikopoulos who placed third. Marquina- Garcia rounded out the weekend along with partner, sophomore Daniel Pepper going undefeated in varsity Public Forum debate, taking home a first place trophy.

Senior Walter Thulin continued his Lincoln Douglas debate success with his second first place finish in as many meets this season. Sophomore Ellie Dunn found success in the novice category of the same event with her first place finish. Gordon and sophomore Sarah Hardee tied for third in the varsity section of the event while junior Mataya Foster placed second in the novice section. Junior and novice Kyler Arriola finished out the placings in the event with his third place award. 

Thulin and Dunn went on to dominate in Extemporaneous Speaking with their first places finishes in the varsity and novice categories of the event respectively. Jackson “closed out” the varsity finals round of Extemporaneous Speaking with senior Ben Scher, sophomores Daniel Pepper and Hardee placing second, third, and fourth respectively.

Collins and Andrikopoulos had strong finish in varsity Duo Interpretation with their cutting of the Addams Family by Carolyn Thompson and Larry Wilson.  They placed second while teammates, seniors Sammy Douville and Rebecca Vinson placed third with their interpretation of Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King.

Douville went on to find success in varsity Original Oratory with a third place finish. Junior Emma Harrison placed second in the event with her exploration of slacktivism and Gordon took home first,

Freshman Shoshana Sangros placed fifth in  novice Congressional Debate and junior Cassidy Weaver took home second place. Sophomore Hayden Collins finished third in the varsity category of the same event. Weaver went on to place second in novice Public Forum debate with her partner, sophomore Sophia Romero. Sangros and partner, freshman Samantha Smith earned first in the same event.

Sophomore Andrea Martinez continued her novice Original Oratory success with her second first place award in the event in as many tournaments this season. Martinez continued her achievements with a second place award in novice Poetry Interpretation. Freshmen Rachel Garrett and Savannah Young joined Martinez on stage with their fifth and fourth place finishes respectively. Foster placed third in the event rounding out a strong showing from Jackson.

Sophomore Leila Sandlin earned second place in novice Dramatic Interpretation while freshman Alicia Vinson and Garrett placed fifth and second respectively in novice Humorous Interpretation. Andrikopoulos finished strongly in first in the varsity category of the same event.

Jackson next travels to Green River December 11-12. This will mark the last tournament where students will compete as novice and varsity. Starting in January all competitors will compete in the varsity only category of events. The team hopes to build on the momentum created by its impressive start to the season.


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