Kellicut leads Maroons to state speech meet

Kellicut leads Maroons to state speech meet
BC’s speech and debate team members are shown in this courtesy photo. They are, from left, Michael Hand, Hallie Kellicut, Ethan Andersch, Michael Peck and Jim Bradshaw.

Andersch brings impromptu skills; Peck picked alternate

FRENCHTOWN — Hallie Kellicut turned in her best performances of the season at the Western A divisional speech, drama, and debate meet.

The team captain scored her best preliminary round scores of the year with a 3 and two 1’s, sending her to second place going into finals with a score of 5.  Her finals judges combined scores notched her a 4th place finish and a trip to the state tournament next week in Corvallis.

Judges complimented Hallie on her physical movement and enthusiasm. The judge who awarded Hallie a first place finish in a preliminary round said Hallie’s “delivery seemed effortless,” and described her performance as outstanding.

Ethan Andersch, competing in his first divisional tournament, shook off early butterflies to join Kellicut on the bus to state. Andersch squeaked out a 12th place finish, just enough to add his name to the state tournament list. Ethan recovered from a score of 5 in his first round to score a 3, and a 4 in his later rounds. Andersch’s use of personal experience prompted one judge to call his argument, “refreshing.” Another judge noted that Ethan was the only competitor to come to a positive conclusion when discussing thep prompt, “actions have consequences.”

Michael Peck, a freshman impromptu athlete was named as an alternate to the state tournament. Peck was complimented on his professionalism and his ability to rally from a slight misstep in his performance.

Central’s two freshmen Lincoln/Douglas debaters, Jim Bradshaw and Michael Hand took some licks from the best debaters in the Western A. The two Freshmen ended their speech season having gained a lot of skills to bring to next years’ competition.

The state meet will be held in Corvallis at Corvallis high school Friday and Saturday. Hallie and Ethan will compete against the best competitors in the state as they chase that championship.

— Story submitted by BC coach Kevin Edgar

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