Grand County debaters take No. 2 spot at region tourney
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The Grand County debate team traveled to Richfield on Tuesday, Feb. 20 to compete in the UHSAA regional competition. The team performed well, placing second overall as a team. Last year the team took first at their region tournament, but this year was competing with a smaller team.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate Aidan Guzman-Newton and Grace Osusky both tied for first, along with another debater from Manti.

“The three of us were in an unbreakable tie,” Guzman-Newton said. “We all went undefeated and had perfect speaker points. I wish we could’ve had more rounds to debate in, but we still have state to compete in.”

Caylee Stroder and Phillip Geiser also competed in Lincoln-Douglas and qualified to go to the state tournament.

Osusky also saw success in her the speech event foreign extemporaneous, placing first. Osusky has qualified to compete in the event at the Tournament of Champions later this summer.

Geiser competed in national extemporaneous at region, placing second.

Senior Cody Gatlin competed in impromptu speaking and placed third. Impromptu speaking involves giving a five-minute speech on random topics given to you two minutes before the beginning of the event. Gatlin has competed in this event several times throughout the year.

Emma Millis placed second in oratory. Oratory involves a ten-minute written speech on any topic. Millis wrote her speech for this year on the topic of femininity.

In the partnered public forum event Gatlin and Kai Wainer placed third. This was the first time the two of them debated together in this event, however Wainer has had previous experience with other partners in the event.

“Overall we are really happy with the results of region,” Guzman-Newton said. “If we want to place at state though we all with have to compete at our best.”

The team will compete at the state tournament on Friday, March 9 at Juab High School in Nephi.

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