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Speech teams from western Montana high schools traveled to Helena Capital this past weekend to compete at the Dusty Roads Invitational Speech Meet. Kalispell's Flathead and Glacier took first and second place, respectively, in the AA sweeps, while Hellgate came in fourth. Sentinel finished ninth overall and Big Sky came in 10th.

Here are results for western Montana students:

Legislative Debate: Kyersten Siebenaler, Glacier, first; Josie Jolly, Glacier, second; Sam Clarin, Flathead, fourth; Grant Germann, Glacier, fifth; Jack Michaels, Hellgate, sixth; Emma Harrison, Hellgate, seventh.

Extemporaneous Speaking: Wyatt McGillen, Flathead, second; Eli Cornell, Flathead, third; Dylan Crandell, Glacier, fifth; Sarah Ward, Flathead, sixth; Zach Cole, Glacier, eighth.

Impromptu: Sarah Ward, Flathead, first; Eli Cornell, Flathead, third; Kaylee Peters, Hellgate, fourth; Tatum Kirschenheiter, Big Sky, sixth; Lydia DalNogare, Glacier, seventh.

Duo Interpretation: Parker Kouns and Wyatt Dykuizen, Flathead, first; Jackson Davey and Michal Moore, Flathead, second; Jalynn Nelson and Sophia Therriault, Hellgate, third; Becca Konen and Abby VanAllen, Glacier, fourth; Ben Habel and Aaron Robinson, Glacier, fifth; Jorunn Loken and Nate Smith, Hellgate, eighth.

Humorous Interpretation: Hudson Therriault, Hellgate, first; Wyatt Dykuizen, Flathead, second; Ben Charlson, Hellgate, third; Molly Kaufman, Hellgate, fourth; Sophia Therriault, Hellgate, sixth; Jacob Wutke, Glacier, seventh.

Serious Interpretation: Micah Moore, Flathead, first; Myranda Schee, Sentinel, fourth; Alexis Larson, Glacier, sixth; Anika Fritz, Glacier, seventh.

Memorized Public Address: Ben Habel, Glacier, first; Harrison Kauffman, Glacier, second; Maddy Olson, Flathead, third; Aaron Robinson, Glacier, fifth; Maija Hadwin, Flathead, seventh; Mallorie Mason, Flathead, eighth.

Original Oratory: Brock Adkins, Glacier, second; Kate Giffin, Glacier, third; Wyatt McGillen, Flathead, fourth; Maija Hadwin, Flathead, sixth; Rebecca Vance, Flathead, seventh; Tatum Kirschenheiter, Big Sky, eighth.

Expository Speaking: Tacy Howe, Glacier, second; Michael Rutledge, Flathead, third; Kodee Wagner, Flathead, fourth; Anika Fritz, Glacier, sixth; Steele Jochim, Flathead, seventh; Trevor Woodward, Glacier, eighth.


The Missoula debaters also competed at Carroll College in the Tournament of Champions, where the competition was tough. Big Sky’s Kennedy Bahm went 5-0 in preliminary rounds and finished in third place overall in Novice Lincoln Douglas, and she won the top speaker award in that event. Hellgate’s Henry Hughes and Koessler Tolleson-Knee finished in fifth place in Public Forum, and Emma Nortan and Mayzie Shaver both finished in the top 10 in Varsity Lincoln Douglas. Sentinel’s Erin Johnson and Sophie Moon went 5-0 in preliminaries and finished in ninth place overall in Public Forum. They also took first and third place for the top speaker awards. Hellgate’s Tolleson-Knee was the second-ranked speaker in Public Forum.

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