Nine local students going to national speech tournament

Nine local high school students have qualified for the National Forensic Leagues’ national tournament scheduled for June 13-18 in Kansas City.

The speech and debate students earned top honors in various categories at a forensics competition March 5-6 in Pueblo to qualify for the national tournament. The students include Donovan Haynie and Britny Humphries of Central High School, David Mok-Lamme of Palisade High School, Grand Junction High School’s Jack Wright, and Fruita Monument High School’s Adrienne Petch, Mia Haney and Jared Norman.

Bri Castellini of Fruita Monument and Palisade High student Jaron Curtsinger qualified for the national tournament at a competition that took place at Central High School in January. Haynie also qualified in January for the national tournament in a separate category.

The last time a Grand Valley student won a national forensics title was in 2006, according to National Forensic League records, when Spencer Rockwell of Palisade High School won first place in extemporaneous speaking and the extemporaneous bowl.


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