GCHS debate places fourth among 11 teams at Arches Invitational
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Grand County High School debaters (from left) Nat Smith, Emilia Cubelos, Deanna Irvin, Anna Scherer and Brendon Henderson prepare for their events at the Arches Invitational tournament on Dec. 13. Photo by Jeff Richards
Grand County High School debaters (from left) Nat Smith, Emilia Cubelos, Deanna Irvin, Anna Scherer and Brendon Henderson prepare for their events at the Arches Invitational tournament on Dec. 13. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School debate team took fourth place out of 11 teams at the Red Cliffs Arches Invitational tournament it hosted Dec. 13 and 14.

Grand had several competitors place highly in events. Senior Brendon Henderson and sophomore Asia Nielson teamed up to take first place in duo dramatic interpretation. The pair performed a scene from “The Sopranos.”

GCHS senior Anna Scherer placed fifth in humorous or dramatic interpretation category with a slam poetry performance, and also tied for sixth in the prose and poetry category. 

Also for Grand, Skyler Johnson, a senior, placed third in dramatic interpretation with a monologue from Edgar Allan Poe’s famous story, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” 

Senior Nat Smith of Grand also took third in extemporaneous commentary, an event he’d never tried before. Smith also teamed up with sophomore Emilia Cubelos to take fourth place in public forum, which debated the issue of offering a path to citizenship to undocumented U.S. immigrants.

Also for GCHS, junior Robin Willscheidt placed fifth in oratory and sixth in congress. Fellow junior Stacey Andrus took fourth in novice oratory, and Nielson tied for fifth place in novice congress.

GCHS head debate coach Kristin Millis proclaimed the event a success. 

“We had more judges than we needed, and outstanding parent and community volunteers who went above and beyond. This helped the tournament run smoothly,” Millis said. “We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received.”

Millis also said she was impressed with the level of skill and preparation shown by the participants. 

“The students are brilliant,” she said. “They give me confidence that our future is secure with a coming generation of thoughtful, intelligent men and women.”

Besides Grand, the other high schools that participated in the tournament were Hillcrest, Hunter, Skyline, Salem Hills, Carbon, Park City, American Leadership Academy, Emery, Westlake and Richfield.

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