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DHS speech and debate starts year with a bang

The Douglas High speech and debate team's first tournament of the year was Sept. 14-15 at Damonte Ranch, and the Tigers didn't disappoint.

"These extraordinary students who love to talk made sure to win in a range of events which scored them third place in school ranking," said coach Paul Mileo. "A very respectful start to what looks like a great year."

The tournament rewarded many DHS students and Pau-Wa-Lu and Carson Valley middle school students as well.

"In the past year the team had been a majority of younger but promising students; however, with much experience gained last year, these students are rising up to the legacy of Douglas debate and maturing into a strong pack," said Mileo. "There are a lot of sophomores and juniors this year; it's a rebirth of the team. But everyone was excited to see about 35 freshmen show up for the first tournament of the year, a tournament that can be very overwhelming for new freshmen."

On Sept. 14, students participated in speech events. Dominating in expository speaking, Dominique Groffman took first place in novice. Competing in the senior category, Daisy Cooley won sixth, Taylor Hubbard placed fifth, and Savannah Hallow walked away with first place. For duo interpretation, Mason Olson and Grant Spurgeon placed fourth in novice, and Marlee Ford and Nicole Anderson won first place. Lastly, Michelle Schilling won second place in novice United States extemporaneous speaking.

-On Sept. 15, the debate events took place. Savannah Hallow and Connor McKay placed third in senior policy debate, and Trent DeGiovanni and Emily Tuggle took second place in the same event. Also, Taylor Hubbard placed first in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, and finally Sadona Ewbank and Cooper Whittemore each placed third in senior Lincoln-Douglas.

At the freshmen level from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Isabella Basche and Jordyn Voss placed second in novice duo interpretation. Sasha Littrell placed third in her event, novice storytelling.-

The team is looking forward to their next league tournament at Reno High School on Oct. 19-20.

"In addition, this year the team will again be traveling to tournaments in Santa Clara and Berkeley where they have been competitive in the past putting Douglas debate on the minds of those who have never even heard of our little slice of paradise in the Carson Valley," said Mileo. "They will also be traveling to Las Vegas for the state tournament this school year in March."

Anyone who would like to support the team by volunteering their time as a judge during the home tournament, Jan. 4-5, or monetarily to assist with entry and travel fees, is encouraged to contact Mileo at (775) 220-9539 or

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