Speech and Debate Team Has Strong Showing at National Tournament

East Mountain Speech and Debate competed in its ninth National Tournament from June 18-24, 2017 in Birmingham, AL. More than 4,000 students from 1,100 schools were in attendance, and East Mountain was recognized among the top. For the first time in the history of our program, 100% of our attending students qualified to elimination rounds!

Sophomore Kellen Nee was named a Semi-Finalist in Congressional Debate. Junior Gina Sanchez and Sophomore Tiffany Delgado qualified to elimination rounds in Impromptu Speaking. Senior Maria Bentley qualified to elimination rounds in Prose Speaking.  Junior Katelyn Key qualified to elimination rounds in Extemporaneous Debate, and Freshman Steffen Ortiz qualified to elimination rounds in Expository Speaking.

Our coaching staff was also recognized with several honors. Trey Smith received the Bronze Award for Excellence in District Leadership. Hannah Flake served as a tournament official and was selected as a final round judge for Extemporaneous Speaking. Josh Talamante received the First Diamond award, an achievement for coaches who have amassed 1,500 coaching points with at least five years coaching experience.

Gina Sanchez said, “As I enter my final year of high school, I can honestly say that Speech and Debate has been the most transformative experience of my life. Having the opportunity to compete against the top students from all over the country will stick with me forever.”

For more information, contact Trey Smith at tsmith@eastmountainhigh.net.