The combined speech and debate team from Lovell and Rocky Mountain high schools traveled to Jackson last weekend to compete against 17 schools.
“This is the biggest tournament we’ve been to,” said assistant coach Jason Zeller. “It was a great experience for the team.”
Cole Moncur placed fourth in the poetry competition.
“He carries himself well,” said Zeller. “His performance is very intense.”
Colton Wardell recited a humorous piece about drunk drivers called “The Billings Olympics,” based on a story he read in the Billings Gazette. Andrew Mayes performed a humorous piece about “mooning.” Unfortunately, one judge didn’t seem to like the topic, which Zeller said may have prevented Mayes from placing.
Dylan May also performed poetry and Marie Cruz performed a humorous piece about a “goth” girl meeting cheerleaders.
Bailey Dugan participated in extemporaneous speaking and the Lincoln/Douglas debate.
“She works very hard,” said Zeller. “She works when everyone else is playing and she does a lot of research.”
Mary Schwope participated in the student congress competition, having a small victory when she won a round against one of the tougher competitors.
Mikayla Thompson and Marie Cruz performed a dramatic piece. Andrew Mayes and Colton Wardell performed a duet. Cole Moncur and Dylan May also performed a duet.
“Overall, we’re looking forward to the upcoming competitions,” said Zeller.
The team will compete in Buffalo, Feb. 22-23, at Districts in Riverton, March 7-9, and at State in Rock Springs, March 14-16.
The group will also hold an “open house” performance at Lovell Elementary School on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.