LIVINGSTON — It was deuces wild for the Maroons at the Livingston Invitational speech meet Saturday.
Hallie Kellicut and Ethan Andersch placed second in Memorized Public Address, and Impromptu Speaking, respectively. Kellicut also notched a second-place finish in each round of competition. Judges complimented Kellicut on her emotion and confidence in delivering her piece. Multiple judges praised Hallie’s poise throughout the meet.
Andersch, an impromptu speaker, put together round scores of 2, 3, 1 and finals scores of 5, 3, 2 to secure second place. Judges commented on Ethan’s insights into the topics he was given, as well as his speaking confidence and his ability to develop his analysis of the given topic.
The scores represent where each speaker was ranked by the judge in each round. The first three scores are preliminary rounds one through three, and the last three scores are the three finals judges, so Ethan was ranked in the top three in each of his preliminary rounds and the three finals judges ranked him 5, 3, and 2.
Novice impromptu speakers William McAnulty and Michael Peck received praise from the judges on their speaking voices, poise and their stage presence. Peck and McAnulty both continue to show improvement from week to week, and indeed from round to round.
Jim Bradshaw represented the Maroons in the Lincoln-Douglas debate competition. Bradshaw, a novice debater, continues to hone his skills as he competes with some of the best debaters in the state. Bradshaw placed ninth, joining Kellicut and Andersch on the podium at the end of the day.
The Maroons are on the road to Laurel this coming Saturday before they wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of the season with a meet at Polson on Dec. 18.
— Story submitted by Butte Central coach Kevin Edgar