As a school, Grand County received second place overall and Grace Osusky received first place cumulatively in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and foreign extemporaneous. Ty Martinez received fourth cumulatively in national extemporaneous. The Grand County Lincoln-Douglas debaters swept the event by taking all three top places. Phillip Geiser placed first, Caylee Stroder placed second and Osusky placed third. The trio went undefeated in all three rounds.
The debate team also had success in the extemporaneous speech event. Geiser placed second at the tournament and Martinez placed fourth in national extemporaneous, which is an event specifically relating to U.S. current events. Osusky saw success in foreign extemporaneous, placing first. Kai Weiner followed in second place and Stroder finished in fourth place.
Freshman Diego Winn had a productive tournament and was involved in a four-way-split tie for first place, with all four debaters having the exact same score.
“This is one of the first times I’ve placed at a debate tournament,” Winn said. “I was really surprised, but I’ve been spending a lot of the year practicing the event. I guess it finally paid off.”
Wainer and Cody Gatlin competed in public forum as a team for the first time, finishing with an undefeated record and tied for first place. Wainer and Gatlin will also compete at region together after their success at the Manti tournament.
The Grand County team is now getting prepared for the regional and state competition that will take place Feb. 19.
“We moved up from 2A to 3A this year,” team captain Aidan Newton said. “Our competition will be more rigorous this year, but we should all be up to the challenge. We have a smaller debate team than last year, but all the debaters we do have are all really talented.”