SSHS speech team members place in Longmont

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— The Steamboat Springs High School speech team competed last weekend at the Longmont City Invitational Tournament, which proved to be one of the toughest events of the year for the team.

More than 25 schools from Colorado and Wyoming participated in the tournament, where most of the events had at least 35 entries.

Despite the fierce competition, a couple of Sailors were able to place highly in their respective events.

Senior Beth Ludwig placed sixth in humor and junior Joey Andrew finished fifth in oratory. Sophomores Kelsey Patterson and Amanda Toy earned superior ribbons for their performances at the tournament.

Patterson performed in the dramatic interpretation event, and Toy competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The speech team has enjoyed success at previous events as well.

In mid-November, nine of the team's 14 members traveled to the East/Creek Tournament at Denver's East High School, where 36 schools were competing.

Patterson was the team's only finalist at the event. She placed fifth in dramatic interpretation.

Ludwig and senior Lauren Tait were semifinalists in the improvisational pairs event, and Andrew was a semifinalist in both the national and foreign extemporaneous speaking events.

The team traveled to Overland High School on Dec. 7, 2002, to compete in the Overland High School "Candlelight Invite" tournament, where 22 schools participated.

Sophomore Justin Krause placed third in foreign extemporaneous speaking and sixth in national extemporaneous speaking.

Ludwig earned a superior ribbon in the drama event, and Tait earned a superior ribbon for oratory. Kelsey Patterson was awarded an excellent ribbon in the drama event while Julia Patterson received an excellent ribbon for Lincoln-Douglas debate.

A week later, nine team members participated in the Cherry Creek High School "Winter Wonder" tournament, where 41 schools competed. The tournament was the largest of the year for the team.

Toy received a superior ribbon in the national extemporaneous speaking event. Julia Patterson was a finalist and earned a superior ribbon for Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The speech team is busy preparing to host a national qualifying student congress event Thursday and Friday at the high school. It is the first time the school has hosted such an important event. Almost 100 competitors from 13 schools will vie for rare qualifying spots to the national speech tournament.

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