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Hayden speech team does well in Rangely

All three Hayden High School speech team members who traveled to Rangely on Saturday placed in the season-opening tournament. Seniors Becky Rosendale, Dana Hayes and Lupe Macias took first, second and third, respectively, in their events.

Rosendale placed first in interpretation of dramatic literature. Rosendale delivered her interpretation of a monologue from a play by Jane Martin. Macias also performed a piece from the same Martin play, placing third in interpretation of dramatic literature.

Hayes placed second in interpretation of humorous literature, performing a piece from Dave Barry's "Complete Guide to Guys."

The girls delivered the same performances to a different judge on three separate occasions. The judges critiqued each performance. Speech participants usually stick with the same events throughout the season, so the Hayden girls will continue to work on their pieces.

"You can't do it much better than we did this time," coach Gary Shaw said.

The Hayden team will compete at Moffat County High School on Saturday.

— The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team opened its season on a strong note Saturday, with each team member taking home an award.

The relatively inexperienced forensics team, which competes in speech and debate, traveled to Rangely for the first tournament of the year. Steamboat students competed in six of the nine events, and their performance was highlighted by junior Ashley Lopez's two first-place finishes.

Lopez was undefeated in one-on-one value debate and placed first in each of her rounds of impromptu speaking.

Sophomore Josie Pacana finished first in original oratory and received an excellent ribbon in creative storytelling. Junior Laura Holthausen received excellent ribbons in one-on-one value debate and original oratory.

Rangely was the only tournament in which one-on-one value debate will be offered this season.

"This tournament was a great start for the team this year," Steamboat co-coach Marty Lamansky said. "The team proved that their preparation for the season over the past month was paying off, and we are looking forward to an exciting season."

This year's team has 20 students and is one of the most diverse squads Steamboat has fielded in many years, Lamansky added.

Several team members who participated in their first-ever forensics tournament also fared well.

Senior Stephen Bell placed third in one-on-one value debate and received an excellent ribbon in original oratory. Sophomore Blaise Holden received an excellent ribbon in impromptu speaking. Classmate Peter Stegmeier received excellent ribbons in creative storytelling and humor interpretation.

Freshman Molly Parsons received an excellent ribbon in original oratory, and freshman Sarah Hill placed second in poetry interpretation and received an excellent ribbon in creative storytelling.

Steamboat's next tournament is Saturday at Moffat County High School in Craig. The tournament will feature competitors from most of the large schools on the Western Slope.

- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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