Highland team hosts tournament
|The Highland Speech and Debate team hosted its Third Annual All-Events Winter Tournament Jan. 5.|
|Photo courtesy of Highland Local Schools|
The Hornets placed an all-time high of 20 students in their respective competition categories, according to school officials. They are:
- Melissa Bakes and Carolyn Kusoski, sixth in Duo Interpretation;
- Christine Withrow, sixth in Original Oratory;
- Julian Tuzzeo, sixth in Congress;
- Drake Withers, fifth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate;
- Sarah Hoose, fifth in Student Congress;
- Chris Pace, fifth in Impromptu Speaking;
- Rob Schroeder and Claire Watts, fourth in Duo Interpretation;
- Rachel Boedicker, fourth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate;
- Lydia Mainzer, fourth in Student Congress;
- Maha Rashid and Jacob Lewton, fourth in Public Forum Debate;
- Emily Nosek, fourth in Humorous Interpretation;
- John DiGiacobbe, third in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Stuart Arbuckle, second in Lincoln-Douglas Debate;
- Carissa Temerson, second in Student Congress;
- Mark Blum, second in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Ben Lewis, second in Impromptu Speaking; and
- Jeff Rolland was the tournament champion in Impromptu Speaking, while Morgan Staten was the champion in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
Highland’s team placed fourth overall in the team sweepstakes.
The team also competed at the Berea tournament Jan. 12 and captured second place overall. Individual placers included DiGiacobbe, third in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; Withrow, fourth in Original Oratory; and Tanner Steinbacher, sixth in Humorous Interpretation. In addition, Pace placed sixth in Impromptu Speaking and Rolland placed third. Tuzzeo placed sixth in Student Congress.
In a Wooster tournament Jan. 19, the team competed against 33 teams from across the state. Overall, the team placed eighth. In Student Congress, Tuzzeo was awarded for being the best presiding officer. In U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, DiGiacobbe placed fourth and Blum and Mason Rorapaugh also made the semifinals. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, all Highland competitors broke quarters; overall, Boedicker placed sixth, Arbuckle was fourth and Withers placed second. In Impromptu Speaking, Lewis placed fifth and Rolland was crowned tournament champion.
The team wrapped up the season with the Akron District Tournament Jan. 26, when it tied for second place overall with Wadsworth High School’s team. Individual placers included Lewis, first in Impromptu Speaking; Withers, first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Blum, first in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; Pace, second in Impromptu Speaking; Withrow, second in Original Oratory; Rolland, second in Impromptu Speaking; Greta Minor, third in Original Oratory; DiGiacobbe, third in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; and Arbuckle, fourth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
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