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January 15, 2013
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DHS speech and debate shines at home

The Douglas High School speech and debate team enjoyed speaking on their home turf Jan. 4-5.

While other students were relaxing on their last few days of winter break, these students, along with debaters from 20 schools across Northern Nevada, were competing at the annual home tournament at Douglas High.

"The Douglas County schools, CVMS, DHS, and PWL, did their community proud and dominated in many events," said team coach Paul Mileo.

On Jan. 4, the speech events took place.

From DHS, Sedona Ewbank placed fourth and Cooper Whittemore placed third in novice impromptu. In poetry and prose interpretation, Dominique Groffman placed third and Daisy Cooly placed sixth in senior, while Sasha Littrel from PWL placed second, Breanna Taylor from CVMS placed fourth, and Grace Gautereaux also from CVMS placed sixth, in novice. In original oratory, Trent DeGiovanni placed fourth and Michelle Schilling placed second in senior, while James Striplin placed third in novice. In foreign extemporaneous, Tim Hanifan placed sixth, Sam Frost placed fourth and Ross Hatley placed second in senior, and in novice, Stephanie Long from CVMS placed fourth. In novice humorous interpretation, Ali Cronin from PWL took second place and Parker Nelms from CVMS placed fourth.

On Jan. 5, the debate events occurred. From DHS, Andy Frost placed third in senior Lincoln-Douglas, and James Striplin placed third in novice. In policy debate, Trent DeGiovanni and Michelle Schilling placed third, while Tim Hanifan and Sam Frost placed third as well.

Finally, from PWL in the public forum debate, Amber Johnson and Eric Jacobs placed third in senior.

"Douglas had a strong showing, and the students enjoyed every minute of it at their annual home tournament," said Mileo.

The team's next league tournament is at Galena High School Feb. 1-2, which is followed by the Berkeley Invitational Tournament Feb. 15-18.

"The stakes are high and the pens are flying," said Mileo.

This year, the debate team also will be traveling to the state tournament in mid-March, which will be held in Las Vegas. As every year, they have their eyes on the end game - the national tournament in June, held in Birmingham, Ala.

The district qualifier will be held at Reno High School in April.

"All of these tournaments come at a high cost, and this year the Douglas speech and debate team will be looking to the community for monetary support more than ever before," said Mileo.

Those wanting to help can contact Mileo at (775) 220-9539 or email

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