Manti High debate team takes first in
Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit
By Linda Petersen
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.”