Speech and debate team earns prestigious honor

The combined speech and debate team from Lovell and Rocky Mountain high schools got some good news this week from the National Forensic League. The NFL is the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate teams. The nonprofit organization recognized the team for their participation in public speaking and debating activities “as a means to meet the Common Core State Standards in listening, speaking, reading and writing,” which is in step with the overall academic goals of schools throughout Wyoming.

The team was granted charter membership, which is the highest honor in the league, reflecting their commitment to the school’s program over several years.

The speech and debate team practiced their improvisational skills this week in anticipation of an upcoming performance for Lovell Elementary School. Above, Cole Moncur gets a dose of constructive criticism from his teammates after a practice performance on Tuesday afternoon in the LHS library.

The speech and debate team practiced their improvisational skills this week in anticipation of an upcoming performance for Lovell Elementary School. Above, Cole Moncur gets a dose of constructive criticism from his teammates after a practice performance on Tuesday afternoon in the LHS library.

The league awards more than $200,000 in college scholarships at its annual tournament. According to a press release issued by the NFL, achieving this honor is no easy task and earning this type of distinction in the program only goes to the best programs in the nation.

The Worland Tournament

The team traveled to Worland last weekend for a successful competition. Cole Moncur took top honors with a first place in both poetry and a special competition called “last man standing.” The last man standing award goes to the participant who survives the toughest competition. Moncur, a sophomore at Lovell High School, said he thought he won it for competing mostly against seniors. Moncur took home a brand new Nook as a prize for his efforts.

“One of the fun things about Worland is that they give prizes, usually books, instead of trophies,” said Coach Deb Fink.

Several participants made it to the semi-finals at the meet, including Dylan May and Moncur and Colton Wardell and Andrew Mayes for their duets. Moncur also made it to the semi-finals with his dramatic performance.

Fink noted that Moncur made a good showing in all three events he entered, making it to semis on two events and taking first in one event.

Next up, Jackson

The team will travel to Jackson on Feb. 8 and 9. Fink said many team members have never been to Jackson and are looking forward to the high level of competition they will encounter at the meet.

“We expect it to be a tough meet,” said Fink. “We’ve seen a lot of different students so far this season and will see even more in Jackson. It used to be that the kids would just go to these meets for fun, now they go with the intent to win.”

By Patti Carpenter

 

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