Speech and Debate Team become Big 8 Champions

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The speech and debate team recently became Big 8 Conference champions after their most recent competition.

Students placed in the following areas:

Humorous Interpretation: Ying Thao 3rd, Caleb Stephens 4th;

The CHS Speech and Debate Team celebrated after taking several victories at the Hillcrest Tournament. There were 24 schools in attendance. The club took fourth in Sweep Points, and brought home the following awards: Tempest Gray, Hillcrest Champion in Storytelling; Caleb Stephens and Garrett York, sixth in Improvisational Duet Acting; Levi Hodge and Jake Whitham, second in Duet Acting; Jake Whitham took the following awards: Dramatic Interpretation, second, Humorous Interpretation, fourth. Contributed photo

Dramatic Interpretation: Jake Whitham Big 8 Champion, Andrew St. Pierre 2nd 

Duet Interpretation: Jake Whitham and Levi Hodge, Big 8 Champion, Thomas Tabor and Grace Baxley, 2nd

Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking: Olivia Padilla Big 8 Champion, Bridgette Sutter 4th 

CHS Speech and Debate Team member Jake Whitham won the title of Big 8 Champion in Dramatic Interpretation and DUET Interpretation (with Levi Hodge) in the Big 8 Conference competition. In the Hillcrest Tournament, had the best record of any competitor in the tournament. As a result, he won a very special award in honor of a former student in the program who was killed in a car accident, which was presented by the student’s family — the Dustin Hargis Award. The award is given to a student competitor who has amassed the highest total of sweepstakes points at the festival. The student had to triple enter. Other results were as follows: Humorous Interpretation, Ying Thao, third, Caleb Stephens fourth; Dramatic Interpretation, Jake Whitham Big 8 Champion, Andrew St. Pierre, second;  Thomas Tabor and Grace Baxley second; Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Olivia Padilla, Big 8 Champion, Bridgette Sutter, fourth; Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Levi Hodge, third, Austin Reed-Utter, fourth, Prose Reading, Sarah Field second, Xain Gray, fourth, Poetry Reading, Alex Mackey, second; Original Oratory, Sadie Akers, fourth, Andrew Littlefield, fifth; Informative Speaking, Olivia Padilla, Big 8 Champion, Lindee Mitchell, sixth; Program of Oral Interpretation, Tempest Gray, Big 8 Champion, Abigail McCullough, second; Storytelling, Tempest Gray, third, Zylin Jung, fifth. Contributed photo

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking: Levi Hodge 3rd, Austin Reed-Utter 4th

Prose Reading: Sarah Field 2nd, Xain Gray 4th

Poetry Reading: Alex Mackey 2nd

Members of the CHS Speech and Debate Team proudly display the awards they received at the Hillcrest Tournament. The team became Big 8 Champions. Contributed photo

Original Oratory: Sadie Akers 4th, Andrew Littlefield 5th

Informative Speaking: Olivia Padilla Big 8 Champion, Lindee Mitchell 6th

Program of Oral Interpretation: Tempest Gray Big 8 Champion, Abigail McCullough 2nd

The CHS Speech and Debate Team celebrate their new status as Big 8 Champions, due to their many talents. Contributed photo

Storytelling: Tempest Gray 3rd, Zylin Jung 5th

The team also attended the Hillcrest tournament on Friday, Feb. 18, which had 24 schools in attendance, and took fourth in Sweep Points and brought home the following awards:

Storytelling: Tempest Gray, Hillcrest Champion  

Improvisational Duet Acting: Caleb Stephens and Garrett York, 6th

Duet Acting: Levi Hodge and Jake Whitham, 2nd

Jake Whitham also took 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation, and fourth in Humorous Interpretation. Whitham had the best record of any competitor at the tournament. As a result, he won a very special award in honor of a former student in the program who was killed in a car accident, which was presented by the student's family — The Dustin Hargis Award. The award is given to a student competitor who has amassed the highest total of sweepstakes points at the festival. The student had to triple enter.

The team is led by Advisor Talana Hinson, who she was "incredibly proud" of the students.