Debate team fares well in competition

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— The Steamboat speech team had one of its strongest showings of the season last weekend.

Steamboat took a second place, finishing after Rocky Mountain High School in the 16-team Thompson Valley Invitational Tournament.

The team's best finish came in the humor division in which Andrea Erickson's three perfect scores earned a first place. Ben MacCarthy followed taking second and Beth Ludwig placed fifth.

In her first attempt at creative storytelling, Ludwig took second place.

Other top placers came from Loren Cogswell, who took a second in drama, Jenni Stanford, who took a sixth in foreign extemporaneous speaking, and Julie Lewis and Julia Patterson, who tied in fourth place for national extemporaneous speaking. The duo interpretation team of Stanford and Lauren Tait placed fifth.

Saturday marked the third competition the Steamboat team has attended since it hosted an invitational in the middle of January.

On Jan. 19, Ludwig was the only Steamboat competitor to place in the 23-team Skyline Invitational Tournament in Longmont. Ludwig took fourth in the humor category.

The next weekend, Steamboat had greater success when it went to The National Forensic League Rocky Mountain North Student Congress. Taking seven of its top 17 team members, Steamboat's highest finish came with Patterson, who was nominated as an alternate for the National Student Congress. Patterson, who was also named as the presiding officer for Senate 2, just missed being one of the 11 competitors nominated to the national tournament. Also taking honors among the 90 competitors who attended the event was MacCarthy, who was named the superior speaker in House 2.

The team will face its largest competition of the season on Saturday when it competes at the Douglas County Invitational.

The speech team is also looking for judges for the regional tournament held in Steamboat on March 1 and 2.

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