LHS Speech and Debate Starts Off the 2019-2020 Season Strong
With a new group of promising novice, the 2019-20 Speech and Debate squad shows talent across almost every category of competition.
Carrollton Novice Tournament
The team kicked off the competition season at the Carrollton novice tournament on October 19th. The novices dove in head first, making a splash. In debate, Noah Capo placed 2nd overall in Lincoln Douglas, and Sebastian Samblanet placed 2nd in Congress. For speech, Jessie Stewart placed 3rd overall in Original Oratory, and Katie George placed 5th in Humorous Interpretation. Additionally, Ally Ivey placed 8th in Dramatic Interpretation, and Darien Yoder placed 8th in Informative Speaking.
GlenOak Novice Tournament
The following weekend was Louisville’s second novice tournament taking place at Glenoak High School. In debate, Noah Capo placed 4th in Lincoln Douglas, and Sebastian Samblanet placed 5th overall in Congress. Furthermore, Sebastian Samblanet was also awarded Best Presiding Officer. Within Humorous Interpretation, Katie George placed 4th and Mary Begue placed 8th. Lastly, Jessie Stewart placed 10th in Original Oratory.
Varsity Opens At Perry Tournament
On November 2nd, the team headed to Perry for their first varsity tournament. Robert Duncan had a winning record of 3-2 in Lincoln Douglas debate and in Humorous Interpretation, Gavin Millard placed 6th overall earning his first bid to the state tournament!
Louisville Finishes In Top 10 at Revere
The following weekend they headed to Revere. The team was recognized as top 10 in team sweepstakes! Maggie and Megan Begue placed 3rd in Duo Interpretation. In Humorous Interpretation, Gavin Millard placed 2nd, and Nadia Keyes placed 5th, both earning bids to the state tournament. In Congressional Debate, Emma Patterson placed 4th, and David Fraizer placed 5th. Robert Duncan also placed 5th overall in Lincoln Douglas and earned a state bid. Tayleigh Folden, Carolina Ivey, and Katie George all received top ranks in their rounds.
Leopards Place 7th at Copley
Next was Copley on November 16th where Louisville Speech and Debate made a huge feat coming at 7th place for the large school sweepstakes amongst very tough completion from much larger schools. Gavin Millard placed 2nd in Humorous Interpretation earning his 3rd state bid. Also in Humorous Interpretation, Nadia Keyes placed 8th and Tayleigh Folden placed 8th in Declamation. In debate, Emma Patterson placed 6th in Congressional Debate and Robert Duncan placed 10th in Lincoln Douglas. Jessie Stewart and the duo of Maggie and Megan Begue also received top ranks in their rounds.
Congratulations to all and good luck to the Speech and Debate team in the tournaments to come!!!
-Head Coach Katy Russell
UP NEXT: The Leopards Speech & Debate Team will next compete at Wadsworth on December 6-7.