JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole High School (JHHS) Speech and Debate Team earned a first-place trophy this past weekend at the Bobcat Invitational, held at Hot Springs County High School, Jan. 6-7 with 13 schools in attendance.

The Jackson team, under the coaching of Londe and Peggy Gagnon earned an overall 98 points for the team sweepstakes. Green River took second place with 87 points and Riverton placed third with 84 points. Senior and team captain, Julieta Anaya had a successful weekend with first place in Poetry Interpretation and second place in Program Oral Interpretation. Senior and team captain Alexis Hernandez also had a successful rewarding weekend with a second place in Extemporaneous Speaking and then teamed up with fellow team captain Jheili Montiel Huerta in Public Forum Debate where they also placed second.

The JHHS team also stood out in Congressional Debate, with a second-place finish from senior Ventura Garcia Perez, and a third place from junior Lauren Guh-Siesel. Senior, Maya Worcester tied for third place in the Lincoln Douglas Debate. Other highlights included a fourth-place finish from junior Jackson Neishabouri in Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth place from Melany Hernandez Garcia in Poetry Interpretation. Junior Estephanie Garcia reached the semi-finals in Informative Speaking with her speech on America’s fascination with serial killers.

The team is planning its own invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 – 21, 2023. If interested in volunteering for the event email coach Londe Gagnon at lgagnon@tcsd.org or sign up here.

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.