JHHS Speech and Debate takes first in last regular season meet

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Hole High School Speech Team, in its last regular season meet, competed at the Worland Invitational Speech Meet 4-5 March, hosted by Worland High School. The team placed first among 3A schools. Cody and Rawlins followed in second and third places, respectively. Jackson also bested most of the 4A schools in attendance. This is Jackson’s eighth first place finish of the season. “We are very excited to see so many team members reaching their strides right before our State and National Qualifying meets. With our State meet just a week away, we will be bringing the experience and confidence necessary to make a serious bid for the Wyoming title. This has been a very successful year for the team. Speech and debate, however, is also an activity that relies on the personal frameworks of judges, so it would be premature to take anything for granted,” said Coach Londe Gagnon. PF Debaters Aaron Trauner, Daniel Pepper, Tristan Wagner, and Forest Tran tied for first place as they argued a resolution that will be used at State, exploring whether or not the US should withdraw its military presence in Okinawa. Trauner also found success in Congressional Debate where he finished fifth. Chase Harward placed second in Humorous Interpretation. Harward was joined on stage by Bella Wood, who placed fifth. Wood also found success in Original Oratory, as she earned fifth place discussing her theory of teenage contradiction. She was joined by Emma Harrison who finished in second place with her speech talking about the phenomenon of slactivism in our digital centric world. Harrison also did well in Informative Speaking, placing fifth. Jackson continued their season-long success in Extemporaneous Speaking. Ellie Dunn, emerged from a strong field to take first place with Pepper and Tran reaching semi-finals. Jackson also went on to dominate in Impromptu Speaking. In this event, students are given a topic and then they have 7 minutes to prepare and give a speech on it. Rebecca Vinson and Harward reached semifinals in the event while Shoshana Sangros, Alejandro Jimenez, and Wagner placed sixth, third, and second respectively. The team’s final meets of the year hold special significance. On March 10-12, nearly forty teams assemble in Buffalo for the annual State Tournament. In two weeks, teams from the Wind River District of the National Forensic League gather in Riverton to qualify selected students for the National Tournament, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah this June. *eature Photo: h/t JHHS Speech and Debate Team / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news