MHS debate has won three
tourneys, poised for good
shot at state, coach says
By Linda Petersen
Jan. 18, 2018
MANTI—The Manti High School Speech and Debate Team is continuing a strong season.
So far this year, the team has taken first place in all three tournaments it has competed in.
On Jan. 6, the team placed first in the Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit (CUSDC) tournament at Richfield High School against teams from Richfield, Juab, Beaver, Delta and South Summit.
In addition to taking first overall, several Manti students performed well.
In Improptu Speaking, Tim Krzymowski took first place, Easton Cluff placed third and Josh Peterson took fourth.
Warren Hess placed first in National Extemporaneous Speaking, and Katelyn Allred placed fifth.
In Public Forum, brother and sister Hunter and Taylor Palmer took second place. Hunter Palmer took first in Spontaneous Argumentation while Denali Baker took third and Jena Bailey took fourth. In Policy Debate, Cody Alder and Kate Mackey took second.
Emily Frischknecht took second in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Justin Bawden placed fourth. Taylor Palmer took second in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, and Abby Watson took sixth.
In Policy Debate, Mackey and Alder took second, Kodie Godfrey and Cari Carmody took third and Corbin Creery and Hannah Pierson took fourth.
In Congress, Krzymowski took fourth, Hess took sixth and Allred took seventh.
The fourth CUSDC tournament will take place on Feb. 2 in Manti. At the end of the Manti tournament, team and individual scores will be compiled both for the individual tournament and the whole circuit.
The circuit is a warmup for the region tournament which will be held Feb. 20 at Richfield High and include six schools. The state 3A meet, which will include 18 to 20 schools, will be held March 9-10 at Juab High.
Coach Eric Peterson says Manti is a strong contender in region and has a chance at State, although at State it faces tough competition from private and charter schools along the Wasatch Front.
“We’ve been steadily building for the past seven or eight years. We’ve had four region titles and got very close to State but haven’t quite gotten over that hump. This is probably our best chance at State for quite a long time,” he said.
He attributes the team’s success this year to “the amazing kids and parents of Manti, Ephraim and Sterling.”
The last time Manti took State in speech and debate was in the late 1990s under legendary speech and drama instructor Eloise Liddell, now retired.