The Milbank High School speech and debate team took part in the Northern South Dakota Qualifier tournament in Brookings Friday and Saturday, February 26-27.
“The event even spilled over into Sunday with awards ending at 12:20 a.m.,” explained head coach Natasha Hartman. “This tournament runs until they narrow the competitors down by eliminating those who have two downs, a loss or ranking in the bottom half of the speaking event to determine the qualifiers.”
Rebekah Tuchscherer led the team with a stellar Lincoln-Douglas debate. She qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament which is slated for June 12-17 in Salt Lake City, UT.
Connor Lightfield advanced to round five of Domestic Extemp, just one round short from the finals. He also advanced to the third round of Lincoln-Douglas along with Claire Mischel.
Macie Redmond and Sophia Seffrood advanced to the fourth round of Public Forum. Nathan Loutsch and Caitlin Kroemer also competed in that event.
Redmond, Kimberlly Aburto and Kroemer took part in Original Oratory where Redmond advanced to the third round. Tuchscherer also made it to round three in drama. Loutsch and Mischel also participated in Domestic Extemp.
Pictured, left to right, Macie Redmond, Connor Lightfield, Nathan Loutsch, Rebekah Tuchscherer, Caitlin Kroemer and Kimberlly Aburto. Not pictured, Sophia Seffrood and Claire Mischel.