Manti High debate team takes first in Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit

In a recent speech and debate competition, Manti High School took first place overall. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Killick Mickelson, Coach Eric Peterson, Ethan Christensen, Tim Krzymowski, Corbin Creery, Kaylin Morris, Kathryn Christensen and Eric Sawyer, (middle row) Kyler Kerksiek, Jasmine Alcala, Anna Johnson, Hunter Palmer, Taylor Palmer, Malorie Hansen, Ellie Anderson, Justin Bawden, Karlie Strickland, Emily Frischknecht, (front row) Vivianne Leers, Lacey Kent, Kodie Godfrey, Warren Hess, Cari Carmody, Abigail Watson, and Josh Douglas.


Manti High debate team takes first in

Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit

By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017


MANTI—The Manti High School Speech and Debate Team came out on top in their first tournament of the year.

On Nov. 4 at Emery High School, the team took first place overall in the Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit first competition, beating Grand, Emery, Juab and Beaver.

“Some thought that we were too young and inexperienced, but they came through with flying colors! I have never been prouder of a speech and debate team,” Manti’s Coach Eric Peterson said.

In Public Forum, Malorie Hansen and Justin Bawden took first place, while Hunter Palmer and Taylor Palmer came in second.

In Original Oratory, Manti did well with Jasmine Alcala coming in first, Emily Frischknecht in second and Hansen in fourth.

In the extemporaneous categories, in National Extemp Manti students placed well. Warren Hess took first, Anna Johnson placed third, Killick Mickelson fourth and Hunter Palmer fifth, with second and third places for Corbin Creery and Kyler Kerksiek in Foreign Extemp.

Warren Hess and Tim Krzymowski took fourth and fifth in Student Congress, and in Impromptu, Krzymowski took second and Ethan Christensen took fifth.

The team will travel to Carbon High School on Dec. 2 for the Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit’s second competition.

“Our team is doing extremely well,” Peterson said. “It was a great competition. The Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit is a great spot for schools south of Provo to practice their skills and get better at speaking and debating.”