Grand County brought ten debaters to the tournament. Grace Osusky, Phillip Geiser, Aidan Guzman-Newton, Caylee Stroder and Cody Gatlin all competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Stroder had the best record after going undefeated in preliminary rounds. She won both her octo-final and semi-final rounds before losing her semi-final round. Stroder placed fourth overall. All of Grand County’s Lincoln-Douglas debaters ended with winning records.
Sophomore Ty Martinez was the only student to compete at student congress from Grand County. Student congress is a debate event where competitors take the place of United States Congress members and debate bills as if they were in an actual congressional session.
“My first two sessions were the ones that decided if I would break into finals,” Martinez said. “I was really determined to do well so my speeches were really coherent and came off well. My opponents were really talented too, though.”
Martinez performed well enough to make it to the finals round of the event, where he placed in the top ten.
“I am proud that I was able to even compete in a finals round,” Martinez said. “I was really impressed by some of the competition.”
The Grand County team also had debaters compete in speech events at the tournament. Miranda Corbin performed a collection of poetry she has been writing and updating throughout the season in an event called point-of-information, or POI. Miranda’s poetry specifically focuses on sexual assault. Some of the poetry is performed from the point of view of victims. Corbin’s collection of poetry was powerful enough for her to make it to the finals round of POI.
Zella Ceniceros performed an original oratory at the tournament. Original oratory is a speech event where competitors write and memorize a 10-minute speech about any topic of their choosing. This tournament was the first time Ceniceros performed her oratory.
The debate team has a tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Manti. This will be the last tournament before they head to the regional and state tournaments.