Cheyenne, Wyo. - Cheyenne East High School’s speech and debate team played host to the National Qualifying Hole-in-the-Wall District Tournament over the weekend.
The Thunderbird’s also competed in the February 23-25 event, winning Speech Sweepstakes, Debate Sweepstakes, and the overall Tournament Sweepstakes.
Impressively, East's team also qualified twelve students who will be going to the National Speech and Debate tournament in Birmingham, Alabama this June.
They are: Jessie Archambeau in Drama (and Humor), Pia Black in Informative, Brittany Brower in Duo (also first alternate in Oratory), Andrew Harwell in Policy (also first alternate in Extemp), Brenden Hunt in Lincoln Douglas, Brady Davis in Policy, Dylan Hirsch in Duo, Noah Paiz in Policy, Connor Sears in Humor (and POI), Elsha Seiloff in Duo (and POI), Dorian Scholz in Duo, and Mike Swidecki in Policy.
Other East High School students who nearly qualified include: James Brown as first alternate in Duo, MJ Lindman as first alternate in Policy, Ashton Love as second alternate in Policy, Izzy Lowry as second alternate in Congress, Faith Powell as second alternate in Policy, Ty Ramirez first alternate in Policy, Berto Rampolla as first alternate in Congress, and Justin Woolsey as first alternate in Humor and Duo.
The next stop will be the Wyoming High School Speech and Debate tournament in Green River from March 9-11. Over 700 high school students from all over Wyoming will be competing and showcasing the phenomenal skills of interpretation, debating, current event public speaking and platform speaking.