Loyola High School wins 30th state speech and debate championship

2013-01-28T05:45:00Z 2014-01-28T17:27:08Z Loyola High School wins 30th state speech and debate championshipBy BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian missoulian.com
January 28, 2013 5:45 am  • 

Loyola Sacred Heart High School has claimed an honor no other high school in the nation can boast.

As of Saturday, after the Class B speech and debate state championship meet near Billings, Loyola can boast 30 consecutive state championship titles.

“I feel very happy and I think of the 30 years of wonderful kids I have had the privilege of working with,” said Matt Stergios, who has served as the school’s head coach for most of the three decades and returned to the post this season with the hopes of guiding the team to the historic benchmark.

“I feel like we have a common bond of being on top, of being part of the most successful program in American history and the team with the longest championship record – 30 years.

“Wow.”

The team left on Thursday for the meet at Huntley Project and rolled back into town on a bus at 4 a.m. Sunday with the state trophy in hand.

“We were pretty tired, but really happy,” Stergios said.

“I’m so proud of the kids. They conducted themselves well, were polite and respectful, and behaved in a way you hope to see in high school students,” he said.

“I do think character and success are intertwined, and this team showed that this weekend.”

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In Butte,where the state Class AA speech and debate meet was held, Hellgate High School student Garett Hueffed also broke a distinguished barrier.

Hueffed not only won the extemporaneous speaking event, making him the state champion, but he is the first competitor in 12 years to win every regular season meet in a season.

Kalispell’s two high schools took top honors at the state AA tournament. Glacier High took first place and Flathead came in second. Missoula Sentinel, Big Sky and Hellgate high schools placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

The following results list how members of Loyola’s team placed at the Class B meet, followed by full results for western Montana schools at the Class AA state championship meet.

Loyola Sacred Heart High School

  • Policy Debate – Caelin Miltko/ Shea Mann, second; Zach Burke/Alex Menendez, sixth; Noah Eikens/Erik Short, seventh.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate – Allison Sawyer, first; Charlie Johnson, third; Nels Garnaas, sixth.
  • Memorized Public Address – Jack Ward, second; Brayden Byrne, third.
  • Original Oratory – Rosie McCormack, second; Tanner Condit, third; Maria Abbot, fourth.
  • Humorous Interpretation – John Dollar, first; Kieran Collins, second. 
  • Serious Interpretation – Brenna Kinsey, first; Jade Combs, eighth.
  • Impromptu – Katya Hall, fifth; Emily McCue, seventh seventh.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Nick Descamps, first; Mikayla Schneider, second; Ian Descamps, third.
  • Expository Speaking – Karlin Moore, fourth.

Class AA results for western Montana high schools:

  • Policy Debate – Ellie Lapp and Katie Anderson, Flathead, third; Ryan Keenan and Ben Moon, Flathead, fourth; Ryker McIntyre and Anika Fritz, Glacier, fifth; Brytni Escalara and Bailey Filinger, Sentinel, sixth.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate – Emily Sterbis, Big Sky, first; Lukas Dregne, Glacier, third.
  • Public Forum Debate – Ian Hollander and Izaak Castren, Glacier, third; Noah Hill and Ruben Castren, Glacier, fifth; Kelly Hendrix and Aryn Phillips, Flathead, sixth; Jared Halvorson and Wyatt Smith, Big Sky, seventh.
  • Legislative Debate – Hunter Garbacz, Glacier, first; Jed Syrenne, Hellgate, second; Barrie Sugarman, Flathead, third; Kalyn Campbell, Hellgate, fourth; Austin Standley, Big Sky, fifth; Reece Erickson, Glacier, sixth; Serena Brosten, Flathead, seventh.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Garrett Hueffed, Hellgate, first; Bridger Christian, Hellgate, second; Nick LaGrandeur, Glacier, third; Tom Dooling, Flathead, sixth.
  • Impromptu – Abbey Hegge, Big Sky, first; Molly Wright, Glacier, third; Kenzie Lombardi, Sentinel, fourth; Parker Lund, Sentinel, seventh.
  • Duo Interpretation – Wyatt Dykhuizen and Parker Kouns, Flathead, first; Bryce Tomas and Tanner Maroney, Glacier, second; Nicky Manlove and Nina Gamell, Sentinel, third; Jesse Francis and Jake Wilson, Flathead, fourth; Ben Charlson and Hudson Therriault, Hellgate, sixth.
  • Humorous Interpretation – Karl Boveng, Flathead, first; Abby VanAllen, Glacier, second; Sydney Boveng, Flathead, sixth.
  • Serious Interpretation – Tanner Maroney, Glacier, first; Rachel Tilman, Big Sky, second; Bryce Tomas, Glacier, third; Jessica Mount, Glacier, fifth; Karl Boveng, Flathead, seventh; Jhalen Salazar, Flathead, eighth.
  • Memorized Public Address – Brooke Wahlert, Flathead, first; Rachel Tilman, Big Sky, third; Danny Power, Flathead, fourth; Leah Cook, Glacier, fifth; Chloe Newlon, Flathead, sixth; Harrison Kauffman, Glacier, seventh; Molly Wright, Glacier, eighth.
  • Original Oratory – Teesa Palmatier, Glacier, first; Kenzie Lombardi, Sentinel, second; Emily Morrison, Glacier, third; Keckeley Habel, Glacier, fourth; Angie Merrill, Glacier, fifth; Duncan Cox, Sentinel, seventh; Maija Hadwin, Flathead, eighth.
  • Expository Speaking – Christian Stratton, Glacier, second; Kodee Wagner, Flathead, third; Sara Christensen, Glacier, fourth; Glenn Strickler, Flathead, sixth; Duncan Cox, Sentinel, seventh; Rebecca Poulson, Sentinel, eighth.

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  1. powderbum
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    powderbum - January 28, 2013 9:50 am
    Kudo's to Loyola...HOWEVER....Loyola has very little competition statewide in it's class. At the local level they are the only B/C that has a speech debate team and seldom win team competitions at the Class A level meets. I believe they are the only private school competing in the B/C state meet which means they have a clear monetary advantage over the smaller public schools from the east. Again kudos to Loyola for the achievement but let's put a little perspective on the situation and realize that their are many fine kids and coach's doing debate at the A/AA level.
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    susie orr - January 28, 2013 8:50 am
    Just so you know Walter.......Most parents at Loyola do not have a two parents at home model. Many of them have both parents working....I know lots of folks who go to Loyola and St. Joe's and they both work. They have to to afford the tuition. It is true that some of the parents work at the school, which is awesome, but lots of parents whose children attend public school, volunteer for many activities at the school. By the way....I judged the final round of Serious Oral Interpretation at the B Speech and Debate tourney in Missoula, at the UM Gallagher Business building, and as good as the Loyola students are, if they went up against ANY of the AA schools, they would have much tougher competition. By the way Walter, my students at HHS were read to every night form the time they were practically still in the womb, so public school kids also have parents who care. And a huge shout out to Garrett Hueffed who won Extemporaneous Speaking, and has won 12 meets in a row, including the State Championship! Kudos to Loyola, but there are great students and great coaches at public schools too.
  3. walter12
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    walter12 - January 28, 2013 7:20 am
    Maybe Loyola has something that the big three public high schools do not have. Yes, the parents have a bit more money, in general, however, it is not a question of money. Having two parents at home is the number one item for success. Having parents that have read a book recently, is the number two item. And having a kid that can see beyond their nose is the number three item.
  4. Aberdeen
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    Aberdeen - January 27, 2013 9:47 pm
    How ever did they accomplish this without "SuperStar" Alex Apostle to help guide them?
  5. Roger
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    Roger - January 27, 2013 9:04 am
    Wow! 30 straight championships - that's an amazing run. Congratulations.
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