Cassville's Speech and Debate team wins big

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Cassville Speech and Debate team placed first in the Big 8 Conference Jan. 30, bringing home 10 trophies. Fourteen students advanced to finals. Mary Hennigan competed in Prose and Poetry, placing fifth overall in Prose, and first in Poetry. Sarah Field competed in Prose and Poetry also, placing second. Kayla Clancy competed in Dramatic Interpretation, placing third overall. Jeffery Crumpler competed in Dramatic Interpretation; placing fourth overall. Jake Whitham competed in Humorous Interpretation, placing first. For Duet acting, Cade Wilson and Levi Hodge placed third overall, Ying Thao and Valeria Perez placed first overall in Duet acting. Perez also competed in Original Oratory, placing second overall. In Foreign Extemp, Olivia Padilla placed second, and Alex Mackey placed sixth. Thomas Tabor competed in Storytelling, placing second overall. Front row, from left: Thao, Hennigan, Perez, Abigail Calhoun, Padilla and Speech and Debate Teacher Talana Hinson. Back row: Sadie Akers, Austin Reed-Utter, Field, Kayla Clancy, Whitham, Jeff Crumpler, Hodge, Alex Mackey and Thomas Tabor. Not pictured: Cade Wilson. Contributed photo

Students brings home 10 trophies from East Newton

The Cassville Speech and Debate team is going places.

In January, the team placed first at the Big 8 Conference at East Newton High School, bringing home 10 trophies for the school. Fourteen of the 15-member team advanced to finals.

"The team of is made up of students grades nine through 12," said Talana Hinson, Cassville High School speech and debate teacher. "To be a member, students must acquire 25 points through the National Speech and Debate Association."

Members of the team possess special skill sets and talents in interpretation, acting, reading, speaking and debating skills, and compete in a variety of events within the dramatic arts field.

"Events range from Humerous and Dramatic interpretation of a script, partner scenes called Duet or Duo, Poetry and Prose reading, Radio Announcing, Storytelling of a children's book and Impromptu Speaking on world events, and events within the United States," Hinson said. "Students have debates over the two following topics: 'In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned,' and 'On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.' There is also original oratory where students write and deliver their own speeches."

"I'm very proud of the whole team," said Olivia Padilla, junior member and organization vice president. "We've worked hard and had a great time doing it. We're all excited to continue competing this season."

"The Big 8 tournament was a big success for our team," said Abbie Calhoun, senior member. "We've come along ways since my freshman year. I'm very proud to be a part of a team full of talented individuals."

"As a still fairly young debate team, winning first place at the Big 8 should only be one of the many future accomplishments we as an organization should achieve," said Ying Thao, junior member and organization president. "I have high hopes that we'll go far, and that this is only the beginning for a unique and wonderful team."

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