Casper College Speech and Debate Team Scores at Recent Tournament

The Casper College Speech and Debate Team took home a number of awards at its first tournament of the year in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Jordan Johnson, (assistant forensics team coach), and I couldn’t be happier with the team’s success over the weekend. There were 15 schools at the tournament, most of them University programs, and we finished in third place,” said Doug Hall, forensics director, adding, “It was a long tournament and the students were able to keep their energy up and compete at a high level all weekend long. This reflects very well on the potential of this team as the year moves forward.”

In addition to the team’s third place finish, team members received individual awards. Those individuals include: Bailey Patterson, Casper, fourth overall and second in poetry; Tyler Pierce, Casper, fourth in extemporaneous debate both days of the tournament; Annamaria Kodalonis, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, sixth place in extemporaneous debate; Austin Guritza, Cheyenne, Wyoming, first and third in dramatic interpretation; Mason Briscoe, Wichita, Kansas, fifth and sixth in extemporaneous debate and fourth in impromptu; Katie Stock, Douglas, Wyoming, fourth both days in informative speaking and both third and fifth in impromptu; Scarlett Miller, Casper, second both days in extemporaneous debate and second in informative speaking; and Lucas Davis, Gillette, Wyoming, first both days in extemporaneous debate. Other team members who contributed to the team wins included Adrienne Morstad-Wyatt, Basin, Wyoming; Elaney Elliott, Casper; Mark Cabellero, Douglas, Wyoming; and Colby Ross, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In addition, four debaters finished in the top 10 in parliamentary speaker points with Briscoe placing 10th, Stock placing ninth, Miller placing eighth, and Pierce placing sixth.

Last year’s speech and debate team successfully finished out the 2015 spring semester at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament with a second place in debate sweepstakes and a fourth place in overall team sweepstakes in competition against 19 other teams from around the country.