16 Mar 2010

Students Qualify for National Speech Tournament

Three Catholic High students qualified to complete in the National Catholic Forensic League Speech Tournament May 28-30 in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Simon Cassel, Taylor Simon and Kevin Ward advanced to the national tournament after achieving one of the top six spots in their event at the district tournament. 

Cassel and Simon qualified in the Lincoln Douglas Debate and Kevin Ward was the district winner in dramatic performance and so will be a top seed at nationals. 

íÍQualifying for the national tournament was unbelievable.  I didní´t know anything about speech and debate, and now I am going to compete at the national level.  It is an honor to be going,íñ commented Cassel. 

Catholic High Faculty Members Travis Kern and Christy Kessler are co-moderators of the Speech and Debate Club. 

Students participated in eight tournaments around the state.  In these competitions, Catholic High had five students qualify for the State Tournament of Champions:  Johnny Ballance and Daniel Kleinpeter as a team in Duet Acting; Taylor Simon and Simon Cassel in Debate; and Kevin Ward in Humorous Interpretation.