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Originally posted December 15, 2011
Union’s Competitive Speech and Debate team won second in championship division and third in 6A division last weekend at the Bixby Green Corn Classic Tournament. These awards bring Union’s total to 5 sweepstakes awards in 4 tournaments. In 6A, Chaz Stephens (10) and Eric Wilson (9) qualified for the regional tournament in humorous duet (2nd place) and Eric also qualified in humorous interpretation (3rd place). Many of Union’s students received awards including:
Chaz Stephens in student congress (2nd)
Yiyi Chen (10) and Sabrina Abu Saleh (9) in dramatic duet (1st)
Blake Davis (9) and Katelynn Moore (9) in dramatic duet (2nd)
Yiyi Chen in prose (2nd)
Alex Shadley (8) in original oratory (2nd)
Maureen Haynes (8) in original oratory (3rd)
Evan Jones (7) in humorous interpretation (2nd)
Greg Jones (8) and Noah Schrick (8) in humorous duet (2nd)
As a group, our speech and debate team has made great strides this year. One metric by which we measure ourselves as a team is degrees received from the National Forensic League Honor Society. This year, Union has added 21 new degrees so far. Halfway through the season we have already passed last year’s 18. This has moved Union from 15th to 10th in the East Oklahoma District since the beginning of the school year; and it has all been done with a team in which about 90 percent of the members are brand new to the activity this year.
If you know any students in speech and debate, please let them know how amazing their accomplishment is.
Many of them have taken home individual awards throughout this semester. If you would like to help out and support the team, we are always in need of judges for competition. The requirements are not as daunting as you might think. The main requirement is time on a Saturday. If you are interested please contact me.
Competitive Speech and Debate