Jackson Hole High School

Jackson Hole High School

More dominance.

That’s the only way to describe the Jackson Hole High School speech and debate team’s latest contest, even though it had a truncated lineup. The team continued its habit of finding the podium with a second-place finish at the Powell Invitational.

Ten students made the trek, and on the back of strong individual showings the team beat every other squad except Worland.

Senior River Gayton, an intern for the Jackson Hole News&Guide, was the sole Jackson student to top an event, taking first in Informative Speaking with her presentation on color.

A pair of Jackson freshmen found themselves with a heady topic to discuss in Public Forum Debate: Jheili Montiel Huerta and Ary Jimenez Garcia took second debating about whether the United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.

A bevy of students found themselves in third place. Sophomore Nayeli Hernandez Lopez took to the podium in both Original Oratory and Lincoln Douglas Debate. Freshman Alexis Hernandez did so in Extemporaneous Speaking, and freshman Bohdan Barnett took third in Informative Speaking.

“The strength of the team continues to grow,” coach Londe Gagnon said in a press release. “We had many varsity members out this weekend for a Model U.N. trip, but we are incredibly pleased to see how our younger members have stepped up on the team.”

For those interested in seeing how speech and debate runs, the team will host a pair of “Speech Showcases.” At 6:15 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20, members of the team will perform in their events in the Jackson Hole High School auditorium. Tickets cost $4.

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Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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