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SGHS Speech & Debate Team Has State Qualifiers In Seven Events

The Ste. Genevieve High School speech and debate team hosted the Missouri State High School Activities Association district competition on the weekend of March 16.

The Ste. Genevieve team had finalists in 12 out of 13 total events and qualified for state in seven events.

The state qualifiers are listed below:

  • Soraya Zerwig, sophomore, placed second in humorous interpretation.
  • Geneva Crump, senior, placed third in dramatic interpretation.
  • Shaun Uzzell, sophomore, placed second in storytelling.
  • Katelyn Fuller, sophomore, placed second in domestic extemporaneous speaking.
  • Clayton Huck, senior, placed second in international extemporaneous speaking.
  • Sophomores Katelyn Fuller and Addie Taylor placed first in policy debate.
  • Brooke Weiler, senior, placed first in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The following students also placed in the district meet:

  • Vela Lightle, sophomore, placed fifth in prose reading.
  • Tristan Orine, sophomore, placed fourth in radio speaking.
  • Addie Taylor, sophomore, placed fifth in original oratory.
  • Katie Chapman, junior, and Sydney Bumgardaner, sophomore, placed third in public forum debate.
  • Sophomores Ali Werner and Blake Young placed second in public forum debate.
  • Seniors Jesse Pinkley and Geneva Crump placed seventh in duo interpretation.

The readers’ theatre group earned fouth place, and the one-act placed fifth.

The Ste. Genevieve High School speech and debate team took home a second-place sweepstakes trophy.

“This has been a tough year due to a variety of circumstances, and we have a very young team,” Ste. Genevieve speech and debate coach Christia Gugel said, “but the kids have worked hard and their efforts have reaped the absolute best result. I am incredibly proud of this team, and the kids have taken ownership of our activity. I can’t wait to see what these students do in the future.”

(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)

More photos in the March 27 edition of the Herald.

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