JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Hole High School Speech and Debate Team continued its regular season accomplishments with a 2nd place finish at the Green River Invitational held at Green River High School on December 7-8, with 13 schools in attendance. The Jackson team, under the coaching of Londe Gagnon and Peggy Gagnon, advanced thirteen students to semi and final rounds and earned an overall 49 points for the team sweepstakes. Riverton took home 1st in 3A with Star Valley taking third.
Freshman William Aepli found great success in his events. He placed 1st in novice Congressional Debate for the third tournament in a row. Sophomore Josh Hansen placed 3rd in the varsity category of the event while freshman Virginia Girling reached the finals round as well.
Aepli went on to take top honors in novice Lincoln Douglas Debate, going undefeated through seven rounds of competition. He spent the weekend arguing whether or not in a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office. Freshman Anna Revill and Girling tied for 5th in the event.
Junior Maleah Tuttle had a triumphant weekend with her 1st place finish in varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate. She went on to reach the semi final round of Extemporaneous Speaking. Sophomore Preston Harmon and junior Warren Levy joined her in the semi finals of the same event.
Levy partnered with senior and team captain Samantha Smith in varsity Public Forum Debate to place 2nd. They spent the weekend arguing both sides of if the United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry. In Informative Speaking, Smith placed 5th with her speech on the media. Sophomore River Gayton reached semi finals of the event as well.
Senior and team captain Leila Sandlin continued her season success in Program Oral Interpretation by placing 5th. She also reached semi-finals in Poetry Interpretation. Gayton joined partner, sophomore Jacqueline Neishabouri, in varsity Duet to reach semi finals while Revill joined partner, freshman Hannah Higgins, to place 6th in the novice category of the event.
Coach Londe Gagnon stated, “The diversity of the team in multiple events was apparent at the meet. Our students keep displaying that they are competitive with the best in the state. We are excited to grow as a team as our competitors in the state continue to challenge us.”
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