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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

GRHS team finishes on top again


The Green River High School Speech and Debate Team once again brought home a first-place trophy after beating one of the most competitive teams.

It was the first time this year the GRHS Speech and Debate Team competed against Cheyenne East, but they came out on top. Green River finished with 118 points, Cheyenne East came in second with 84 points and Natrona County came in third at the Kelly Walsh Tournament, which took place this past weekend in Casper.

“The team was excited to finally meet East at a varsity tournament; and they rose to the occasion this weekend winning by a large margin,” head coach Carina White said. “All the 4A schools have talent, but East seems to be bringing our biggest competition so far this season.”

With the season in full competition mode, only the varsity members of the team are competing now. Those who did well in as novice competitors were moved onto the varsity squad. The amount of students traveling from tournament to tournament varies, but this past weekend about 40 team members made the journey to and from Casper.

“We are in full competition mode and the future looks bright; we are on a path with a goal in mind; the return of our state title,” White said.

White was proud that her team was able to close out the final round in cross examination and Lincoln Douglas debate. Students who stood out during this tournament were Rachel Heisinger and Abigaile Grubb who went undefeated and closed out Lincoln Douglas; while Jesse Lauze and Rebecca Shamer along with Victoria Allen and Atlin Johnson went undefeated in policy and cross examination debate and closed out cross examination.

“They learned that hard work and dedication to your craft pays off,” White said.

This weekend the team will travel to Evanston and this tournament will give them a change to try out some new ideas in the debate and an interpretive categories. Even though the team competes in Evanston this weekend, they are looking ahead to the Natrona County Tournament, which takes place in two weeks.

“Natrona County is the most competitive Wyoming tournament we go to; and all the 4A schools in the state will be there,” White said. “We won it by one point last season and would like to win it again by a bigger margin.”

Kelly Walsh Tournament

Congress: Jesse Lauze, second place, Patrick Marchal, Rachel Heisinger, and Atlin Johnson, finalists

Poetry: Leona Grimes, third place, Cassie Newcomb, sixth place, Karlee Cutler and Elaine Comer semifinalists

Informative: Abigaile Grubb, first place, Mikki Scott, and Dallin Hoyt semifinlists

Oratory: Sarah Kropf, second place, Victoria Allen, third place

Extemporaneous: Michael Montoya, first place, Gregory Marchal, second place, Chase Kontz, semifinalist

Humor: Reina Kropf, second place, Dallin Hoyt, third place, Colt parson, semifinalist

Program Oral Interpretation: Kassi Jo Rasmussen, third place, Leslie Patterson, Reina Kropf and Lynzi Johnson, semifinalists

Duet: Reina Kropf and Leslie Patterson, second place, Raymond Garcia and Katy Robinson, sixth place, Colt parson and Sarah Kropf, semifinalists

Drama: Amy Grass, fourth place, Karlee Cutler, semifinalist

Cross examination debate: Close out tying for first -- Atlin Johnson and Victoria Allen and Rebecca Shamer and Jesse Lauze

Public Forum debate: Leonna Grimes and Michael Montoya, second place

Lincoln Douglas debate: Rachel Heisinger and Abigaile Grubb tie for first place, Savrina Karimi, quarter finalist


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