The Grand County High School debate team took second place at the Utah High School Activities Association’s state 2A forensics tournament earlier this month.
Competing at Providence Hall High School in Herriman on March 10 and 11, the Red Devils used several strong performances to finish second out of 14 schools. Summit Academy, a charter school in Draper, won the 2A title for the second straight year.
Sophomore Phillip Geiser of Grand took first place individually in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, outlasting his opponent from Summit Academy in the finals.
“I was debating the resolution that the United States ought to guarantee the right to housing,” Geiser said. “I went on the negative side and I won, with two out of the three judges voting for me.”
“I’d already been up against [my opponent] before and he beat me earlier in the season at UVU,” added Geiser, who also placed fifth in the Oratory category at state.
Also for Grand, junior Grace Osusky placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and made it to the quarterfinals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Junior Aidan Guzman-Newton and senior Tobin Wainer teamed up in Public Forum, making it to the quarterfinals. Guzman-Newton also made it into the quarterfinals of the Spar category, as did GCHS freshmen Aria Hunt and Jaidyn Thomas. Wainer also took fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
In addition, GCHS sophomore Ana Castner placed sixth in Impromptu Speaking and freshman Emma Millis placed seventh in Congressional Debate.