Debate Duo Slays with Words


TEAM: Speech & Debate members pose proudly in the spotlight after their competition. “My favorite part was probably just spending time with the team. It was just a really cool experience,” said sophomore Maggie Daniels.

Kylee Dugger, staff writer

Speech and debate proved that “the pen is mightier than the sword” as they paved their way to glory at state. The team has been hard at work since November, working harder and harder to prepare for the competitions leading up to state. When the state tournament started on the weekend of March 11th, the team traveled to Riverton and certainly did not disappoint.

WINNERS:  Nick Jardine, Caleb Thygerson, Cilla Greenwell and Madi Brown show off the bling they earned in Riverton at the state speech meet.  Jardine and Thygerson were the overall Policy state champs and were joined in this victory picture by all-state speech achievers Cilla Greenwell and Madi Brown. “The fact that we won our senior year was the most satisfying part of state,” said Jardine.

Not only did the team have a blast with inside jokes and time to get to know each other, but they also brought home medals. Caleb Thygerson and Nick Jardine won first place in all classifications for their duet. “Going in and just kind of winning a lot [was my favorite part]. That was really cool,” said Jardine.

Coach Kaite Roberts said, “It was amazing to watch our policy team of seniors, Nick Jardine and Caleb Thygerson, go to the top, round after grueling round.”

Many team members relished in their time to shine, or rather their time to argue. “In general I like arguing, but being able to construct it into something organized—and trying to convince someone at the same time—that made it fun,” said Thygerson.

“If any of you readers are thinking about giving speech and debate a try, do it. This program builds life-long skills that you will use way more than Geometry,” said Coach Roberts.