EMHS Speech and Debate Makes Strong Showing at National Tournament

EMHS experienced another successful National Tournament from June 12-18 in Salt Lake City. As the world’s largest academic competition, the tournament drew competition from over 5,000 students. This was East Mountain’s 8th consecutive qualification to Nationals. Eight students represented East Mountain, the second largest group the school has ever taken to the tournament.

In Congressional Debate, EMHS qualified four students; only two other schools in the country qualified four students in the same event. those four students also represented four different grade levels- Ethan Wade, senior; Sofia Hoskins, junior; Gina Sanchez, sophomore; and Tiffany Delgado, freshman.

Matt Bedeaux, senior, qualified to Octafinals in Informative Speaking. Jessie Linder, junior, qualified to Octafinals in Expository Speaking. Ben Lopez, senior received several first place ballots in Original Oratory. Chloe Hecht, junior, was part of New Mexico’s World Schools Debate team.

East Mountain’s coaching staff was also recognized with several important honors. Trey Smith received the Second Diamond award, an achievement for coaches who have amassed over 3,000 coaching points and with ten years coaching experience. Hannah Flake received the District Chair commendation award for services provided to the New Mexico District, only ten coaches nationwide were honored with this commendation. And both Trey and Hannah were chosen by the National Board to serve as final round judges in Informative Speaking and Humorous Interpretation. Trey was also tapped to serve as the final round Parliamentarian of Congressional Debate.

The East Mountain Speech and Debate program is incredibly grateful for the support of the community. Many individuals made generous donations to make sure that the team could afford to make the trip.