Whitefish speech and debate takes second

by WHITNEY ENGLAND
Reporter | December 23, 2020 1:00 AM

The Whitefish Speech and Debate team had another good showing Saturday at the virtual tournament hosted by Havre, taking second in sweepstakes points.

Whitefish had two double-champions from the meet, Abigail Bowden and Lucy Schindler. Bowden placed first in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking, and Schindler was first in memorized public address and dramatic interpretation.

Paetra Cook had a successful showing as well, placing second in the original oratory category for Whitefish. Marina Nugent was third in dramatic interpretation, and the team of Bethany Barnes and Emma Trieweiler placed third in policy debate.

“A concentrated effort by upper-classmen, including double-championships by seniors Lucy Schindler and Abigail Bowden, put Whitefish right in the competitive mix,” Whitefish head coach Sara Mueller said. “It is most impressive to me how our team finds ways to improve each week in a season that has essentially reduced all of us to rookies again.”

“We are looking forward to January and the MHSA competitions,” she added.

In sweepstakes points, Frenchtown came in first followed by Whitefish in second and Laurel in third.

This was the final meet before the holiday break. Whitefish speech and debate will start up again on Jan. 9 for a virtual invite hosted by Custer County.

Team results

Sweepstakes- 1. Frenchtown (122), 2. Whitefish (116), 3. Laurel (80)

Individual results

Policy Debate - 3. Bethany Barnes and Emma Trieweiler, 4. Gavin Carmichael and McKenna Ferril

Extemporaneous - 1. Abigail Bowden, 5. Grayson Butler

Impromptu - 1. Abigail Bowden

Original oratory - 2. Paetra Cooke

Memorized public address - 1. Lucy Schindler

Dramatic interpretation - 1. Lucy Schindler, 3. Marina Nugent