Steamboat Springs From now on, the Steamboat Springs High School speech team will play with the big kids.
The team had its final competition against small schools Saturday, when seven members traveled to Glenwood Springs for the Glenwood Demon Festival Meet.
After traveling through heavy snow, several team members orated with distinction. Junior Austin Anderson finished second in value debate, and the public forum debate team of sophomores Ashley Lopez and Annie Kuczkowski placed third with a record of 1-2. Freshman Josie Pacana earned an excellent ribbon in her first debate competition. She finished third in humor.
In original oratory, Kucz--kowski placed second, and sophomore Laura Holthausen finished sixth. Lopez finished fourth in the impromptu speaking competition.
In three tournaments this season, Pacana has finished third in three events and first in the creative storytelling event at last month's competition in Rangely. Also at the Rangely tournament, Lopez won the value debate and placed second in impromptu speaking. Holthausen is the only other team member to finish in the top three of an event at more than one tournament. She placed second in value debate at Rangely.
Coach Shauna Lamansky said the team will compete mostly against 4A and 5A schools for the rest of the season.
The team's next tournament is Saturday at Niwot High School in Niwot, between Boulder and Longmont. About 20 schools will compete in the tournament, Lamansky said.
The team will host a tournament Jan. 7 at Steamboat Springs High School.
"We need lots of community volunteers to help with judging the tournament," Lamansky said.
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