D51 students compete at state speech tournament

Twenty-five local high school students competed in the Colorado High School Activities Association State Speech and Debate Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Fort Collins High School.

Sarah Baker of Fruita Monument placed fourth in the Interpretation of Humorous Literature category. Central’s Selina Najar and Jacquelyn Flowers advanced into the top 16 teams in the tournament’s Public Forum category.

Thirteen students from Central High, six from Grand Junction High and three apiece from Fruita Monument and Palisade high schools qualified to compete in the state championship.

Local speech participants will next compete at a Western Slope Main Events National Qualifying Tournament this weekend at Central High School.

The state and national tournaments are sponsored by separate speech and debate organizations, so this weekend’s tournament, not the state tournament, will decide which Western Slope students will go to the National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament, scheduled June 10–15 in Indianapolis.


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