Steamboat Springs Capitalizing on the experience of veterans and the infusion of new members, the Steamboat Springs speech team has started the season strong.
On Nov. 4, the team traveled to Moffat County for its first tournament of the year.
The team dominated the impromptu speaking event, taking first through fifth place.
Junior Julie Lewis led the way with a first-place finish and coupled it with a fourth in national extemporaneous speaking. Fellow junior Jesse Marshall followed with a second in impromptu speaking and a second in national extemporaneous speaking. Third place was earned by another junior, Jenni Stanford, who also took top honors in international extemporaneous speaking. Returning national qualifier Jenny Castner took fourth and also placed second in original oratory. Finally, junior Loren Cogswell finished fifth in impromptu and fourth in drama.
In the humor event, sophomore Beth Ludwig earned third place and classmate Lauren Tait, finished fifth.
Following the success of the tournament in Craig, 11 members of the Steamboat Springs team journeyed to downtown Denver to the Denver East Invitational featuring 32 schools.
Junior Kyle Kuvin led the way, placing 10th out of 49 competitors in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
In the humor event, sophomores Beth Ludwig and LaurenTait finished eighth and 10th in a field of 42.
Julie Lewis placed 12th out of 48 students in extemporaneous speaking and senior Bryn Weaver finished ninth in original oratory.
"We could not have hoped for a better start to the year," said Marty Lamansky, who coached the team with his wife Shauna. "This really shows the depth of the team we have this year."