Two PHS students headed to state speech and debate tournament
Two PHS students headed to state speech and debate tournament
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Two Pattonville High School students qualified for state competition after taking honors at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Speech and Debate District Tournament. Senior Jordan Bolton qualified in U.S. extemporaneous speaking and sophomore Nolan Prebianca qualified in radio speaking. Both will compete at the state championship at Missouri State University on April 21 and 22. Senior Sam Riggs was also named a finalist in prose reading at the district tournament.

Prior to districts, the speech and debate team competed at a tournament at Jefferson City High School. There, Riggs was named a quarterfinalist in Lincoln Douglas debate.

At the Marquette Invitational on Feb. 17 and 18, Bolton and senior Ethan Hughes were named tournament champions in champion public forum debate. Bolton was also named the permanent presiding officer in Student Congress. Also at Marquette, Riggs won fourth place in Lincoln-Douglas debate and senior Keturah Gadson won fourth place in radio speaking.

During the Greater St. Louis Speech League Conference Finals at Ritenour High School on Jan. 20 and 21, Pattonville's team tied for first place in the conference in debate and won second place overall (combined debate, public speaking and interpretation) out of more than 20 teams that competed in a series of three conference tournaments over the course of the season. Individual award winners were Bolton and senior Ethan Hughes, who won first place in conference in public forum debate and second place in the final tournament; senior Keturah Gadson, who won first place in the conference Lincoln Douglas debate and radio speaking and first place in radio speaking and second place in Lincoln Douglas debate in the final tournament; and sophomores Will Polster and Prebianca, who won first place in public forum debate in the final tournament.

The speech and debate team is coached by teacher Jennifer Raymond.

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Two Pattonville students are headed to state in speech and debate.