Eight students on the Jackson Hole High School Speech and Debate team are headed to nationals.
Seniors Samantha Smith and Leila Sandlin; juniors Warren Levy and Maleah Tuttle; sophomore Josh Hansen; and freshmen William Aepli, Virginia Girling and Anna Revill will represent the Wind River District — including all Wyoming high schools west of I-25 — this June in Dallas.
An awards banquet for the students will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the First Baptist Church basement.
The students rose to the top in the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament on March 14-16 at Western Wyoming Community College and Green River High School. It’s the 22nd consecutive year and 32nd overall year that JHHS students have qualified for the national meet.
Each student had to place in the top two of their event at the district tournament in order to earn a bid to compete nationally. As a whole, the team earned fifth overall, third in the debate sweepstakes, fourth in the speech events sweepstakes and first in the Congress sweepstakes at the tournament.