Speakers from the Milbank High School speech and debate team secured a second place finish at the Brookings Bell tournament Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19.
“The team enjoys this tournament for its good competition, well-run schedule and most of all the Christmas decorations given as awards,” noted head coach Natasha Hartman. The team was given a handcrafted snowman for their second place finish.
Two preliminary rounds of speech events and five preliminary debate rounds started off the event. In the speech division, Brianna Schreurs broke into the final round in Informative, which is a new speaking event this year. In this division, the students deliver a self-written ten-minute speech on the topic of their choosing. Schreurs was awarded a Christmas teddy bear for placing third in the final round.
Connor Lightfield received a Christmas ornament as a finalist in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking while Nathan Loutsch was one speaker away from heading into the final round out of 51 entries.
Rebekah Tuchscherer and Schreurs were three places away from breaking to the final round in their Interpretation events.
In the debate competition, Tuchscherer captured third place with a 4-1 record in varsity Lincoln-Douglas. C. Lightfield was close behind also with a 4-1 record, but he earned a few less speaker points.
In Public Forum, Schreurs and Macie Redmond went 2-3 in the varsity competition while Maty Lightfield and Sophia Seffrood went 1-4 in the junior varsity side. In the novice division, Loutsch and Cat Rego went 3-2, and Tori Quade and Kylie Roggenbuck finished at 0-3.
Rebecca Loehrer and Taylor Balling also competed in the dramatic interpretation event Friday evening.