Polson, Ronan students excel at Speech, Debate & Drama Western A Divisional

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  • Ronan High School student Kara Holmlund, center, receives a medal for third place in the Memorized Public Address category at the Western A Divisional as teammate Aurrora Watkins looks on after receiving her seventh-place medal. (Photo provided)

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    Ronan High School speech and debate team members who competed at the Western A Divisional are, front row from left, Sariel Sandoval (Origianal Oritory, Taylor Jackson (Original Oritory); Kyyen Shigley; and Oryssa Hall; and back row, coach Jessica Davis; d’Artagnan Dominguez (4th Lincoln Douglas Debate); Aurrora Watkins (7th MPA); Diana Diaz; Kara Holmlund (3rd MPA, Extemporaneous Speaking); Thomas Yellow Bird; Kyra Waldoch; and coach Michelle Mallon. (Photo provided)

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    The state-bound speech and debate team members from Ronan High School. (Photo provided)

  • Ronan High School student Kara Holmlund, center, receives a medal for third place in the Memorized Public Address category at the Western A Divisional as teammate Aurrora Watkins looks on after receiving her seventh-place medal. (Photo provided)

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    Ronan High School speech and debate team members who competed at the Western A Divisional are, front row from left, Sariel Sandoval (Origianal Oritory, Taylor Jackson (Original Oritory); Kyyen Shigley; and Oryssa Hall; and back row, coach Jessica Davis; d’Artagnan Dominguez (4th Lincoln Douglas Debate); Aurrora Watkins (7th MPA); Diana Diaz; Kara Holmlund (3rd MPA, Extemporaneous Speaking); Thomas Yellow Bird; Kyra Waldoch; and coach Michelle Mallon. (Photo provided)

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    The state-bound speech and debate team members from Ronan High School. (Photo provided)

On Saturday, Jan. 19 in Whitefish, students from Polson and Ronan high school participated in a Speech, Debate and Drama Western A Divisional competition.

Twenty-three students from those schools qualified for the Class A State Speech, Debate and Drama Meet at Belgrade High School this weekend. Competition begins at 4 p.m. Friday, continuing through Saturday afternoon.

Those 23 qualifiers are: Julie Reiners, Reagan McDermott, Tayler Owens, Taylor Bloomfield, Calvin Nowlen, Davis Smith, Cameron Ball, Joe McDonald, MaryJo Smith, Makauly Morrison, David Castillo, Violet Anderson, Kenton Sisler, Nathan DePoe, Asher Dalbey, Meghan Speckert and Halie Smith, Polson; and Kara Holmlund, Aurrora Watkins, Taylor Jackson, Sariel Sandoval, Kyra Waldoch and d’Artagnan Dominguez, Ronan.

Reiners of Polson was the Western A Divisional champion in the Original Oratory category. Polson’s Bloomfield was fourth and McDermott was eighth in that category. In Extemporaneous for Polson, Morrison placed third, Nowlen fifth and Sisler seventh.

For Ronan in the Memorized Public Address category, Holmlund was third and Watkins seventh. Waldoch, Jackson and Sandoval went 9-10-11 in Original Oratory.

Here are the Polson and Ronan place winners in events at the Western A Divisional:

Lincoln Douglas Debate — 7. Davis Smith, Polson. 9. Meghan Speckert, Polson. 11. Asher Dalbey, Polson.

Exptempraneous — 3. Makauly Morris, Polson. 5. Calvin Nowlen, Polson. 7. Kenton Sisler, Polson. 10. Kara Holmlund, Ronan.

Public Forum Debate — 8. Joe McDonald and Hali Tyler, Polson.

Humerous Interpretation of Literature — 2. Tayler Owens, Polson. 8. David Castillo, Polson.

Dramatic Interpretation of Literature — 6. David Castillo, Polson. 11. Tayler Owens, Polson. 12. Nathan Depoe, Polson.

Impromptu — 6. Violet Anderson, Polson.

Original Oratory — 1. Julie Reiners, Polson. 4. Taylor Bloomfield, Polson. 8. Reagan McDermott, Polson. 9. Kyra Walcach, Ronan. 10. Taylor Jackson, Ronan. 11. Sariel Sandoval, Ronan.

Informative — 7. Violet Anderson, Polson. 13. Mary Jo Smith, Polson.

Memorized Public Address — 3. Kara Holmlund, Ronan. 7. Aurrora Watkins, Ronan. 9. Halie Smith, Polson.

NOTE: Photos of Polson speech and debate team members were not available.

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