The Columbia Falls speech and debate team dominated its home meet last week, racking up 247 points for the win in the Friday-Saturday tournament. Whitefish was a distant second with 128 points.
The team was led by senior Ava Chisholm with two first place wins in humorous interpretation and impromptu. The team also had first place finishes in policy debate by Danielle Schwalk and Shyane Williams and public forum debate by Laney Conger and Maggie McKeon.
“We had 150 judges from our community fill 413 judging hours at out tournament this weekend. We are grateful for the overwhelming support from the Columbia Falls community,” said head coach Tara Norick.
The Wildcats placed speakers in every event.
The tournament had 17 schools including two AA schools, 10 Class A teams, and five from Class B/C on Friday and Saturday.
With the invitational tournament behind the team, the focus moves to divisionals and state. Only the top 12 in each event at divisionals is invited to compete at the state tournament. There are 12 schools and each school can bring three competitors in each event. With the addition on Ronan, Browning, and Libby to the Western Division this year, competition will be tough, Norick said.
Divisionals is Jan. 20 in Ronan and state is in Corvallis on Jan 26-27.
Individual competitors results were as follows:
1st Shyane Williams and Danielle Schwalk
4th Ella Hutcheson & Ian McKenzie
6th Calie Jo Johnson and Tre Finley
Public Forum Debate
1st Laney Conger & Maggie McKeon
3rd Cassidy Norick and Kelsey Wright
6th Chloe Coberley
1st Ava Chisholm
5th Madeline Jarvis
5th Noah Golan
Humorous Oral Interpretation:
1st Ava Chisholm
3rd Jacob Hohman
5th Danielle Rosenbaum
4th Ave’ McDonald
5th Jordyn King
Memorized Public Address:
2nd Emma Erickson
3rd Emmalee Hellen
4th Jordyn King
3rd Kennedy Payne
6th Jacob Hohman
6th Haileigh Bayee