The Lovell High School Speech and Debate team wrapped up its season with good results at Districts this past weekend. The competition was held in Riverton.
Cole Moncur and Dylan May made it into the top eight out of nearly 30 entries with their duet, which is an adaptation of the musical play “Chicago.” The two delighted judges all season with their performance, which included using different voices and depicting several characters from the play.
Both students made it into the “out” rounds — Moncur with his dramatic performance and May with his oratory piece. The two have been competing on the team for three years and both said they plan to compete again next year. May said the program has helped him gain self-confidence. Moncur added that it has given him the confidence to try new things.
Sage Whicker placed in the top six with her extemporaneous speaking, making it all the way to the final round. She also landed a spot as second alternate for Nationals.
This was Whicker’s first year on the team and she said, as a senior, she regrets not taking part sooner. She does plan to continue public speaking in college and said she is already seeing the benefits of her participation in the group.
“I’ve learned loads,” she said. “I’ve learned how to be a better speaker and it’s helped me to make friends. It’s really helped me come out of my shell.”
Coach Deb Fink said she was proud of all of the students who participated and noted that every student made it into the second round.
“They just keep surprising me with their talents and abilities at every competition,” said Fink.
She said she never gets tired of working with the team because they keep her endlessly entertained.
“These kids are so much fun,” said Fink. “They make me giggle and laugh all the time.”
Fink said she hopes the students have learned to listen, as well as present.
“I want them to not only be good speakers but to be good listeners, too,” she said. “You have to be able to listen to what people have to say in order to be a good presenter.”
by Patti Carpenter