Speech gets second ahead of state tourney

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Whitefish Speech and Debate is hitting its stride heading into the Class A State Tournament.

Whitefish placed second overall at the Western A Divisional Tournament over the weekend, with champions in two events.

The duo of Zach Ade and Ian Caltabiano took gold in policy debate, and Grace Benkelman won memorized public address.

Dani Mayeaux and Ali Hirsch took third behind Caltabiano and Ade in policy debate, and Zoe Dugan and Seth Carmichael also took third in public forum debate.

Danika Tintzman took second in humorous interpretation as well.

Whitefish qualified 27 out of 30 slots for the state tournament.

“The students balanced finals with the pressure of Divisionals well,” head coach Sara Mueller said.

State will be at Corvallis on Friday and Saturday.

Individual results:

Policy debate: 1. Ian Caltabiano and Zach Ade, 3. Dani Mayeaux and Ali Hirsch, 8. Abby Lowry and Josie Johnson

Lincoln-Douglas debate: 8. Lilly Butts; Also qualifying – Tyler Dunnagan

Public forum debate: 3. Zoe Dugan and Seth Carmichael, 6. Mary Hooks and Hayden Brandt; Also qualifying – Ian Lacey and Douglas Mercer

Extemporaneous: 4. Abbi Bowden, 7. Bethany Barnes; Also qualifying – Grayson Butler

Impromptu: Qualifying – Kelsey MacDonald

Memorized public address: 1. Grace Benkelman, 7. Aidan Reid; Also qualifying – Lauren MacDonald

Original oratory: 4. Anna Cook, 5. Libby Goldhirsch, Also qualifying- Josephine Brown

Informative: 4. Regan Tintzman, 5. Elizabeth Campbell; Also qualifying — Brendan Gibson

Humorous interp: 2. Danika Tintzman; Also qualifying – Jasmine Reese and Logan Mercer

Dramatic interp: 3. Naya Brigette, 6. Lucy Schindler, 8. Ella Shaw

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