Grand debaters win in Manti, prep for region
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The Grand County debate team performed well at a recent tournament in Manti. From left: Jaidyn Thomas, Miranda Corbin, Phillip Geiser, Grace Osusky, Florencia Hernandez and Caylee Stroder posing before the award ceremony. 																     Courtesy photo
The Grand County debate team performed well at a recent tournament in Manti. From left: Jaidyn Thomas, Miranda Corbin, Phillip Geiser, Grace Osusky, Florencia Hernandez and Caylee Stroder posing before the award ceremony. Courtesy photo
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The Grand County High School debate team traveled to Manti on Saturday, Feb. 3 to compete in their last tournament before region and state competition begins. The Manti tournament was also the last in the central Utah speech and debate circuit, which is specifically for smaller schools in Utah to compete in. Grand County, Manti, Emery, Nephi and North Sanpete schools are all regularly involved in CUSDC tournaments. At the Manti award ceremony, medals were given for students’ and schools’ cumulative records throughout the year at all CUSDC tournaments.

​ 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.”




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