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Sidney Virtual State Speech, Drama & Debate Tournament


February 3, 2021 | View PDF

Drama Team- Standing left to right- Benjamin Stevens, Wyatt Reid, Noah Kyhl, Markalen Watson, Garrett Dodds. Seated left to right- Emma Cundiff, Daniel Schneider, Kodi Schulz. (Photos by Christy Pierce)

Sidney High School hosted the first ever Virtual State Speech, Drama and Debate Tournament! Usually the tournament is only two days however with WIFI restrictions it was a three-day meet. Twenty Class A schools from across the state competed via computer. Judges from across the state via the internet judged the competitors. Speech and Drama competed in five separate rounds followed by a finals round. Some speech events did hold a semifinal round. Debate was different but they did have quarters, semis and finals. When the tournament was all done the results were broadcasted live from the SHS library over the MHSA website. Thank you Coach Gordon for your announcing the winners!

The Drama Team placed 3rd over all with every team member receiving a medal!

Emma Cundiff and Wyatt Reid are State Champions in Classical Theatre they are a duo that is meant to be! Noah Kyhl, Kodi Schulz and Benjamin Stevens proved that even a lion and a nagging wife could push one man to wear a dress and try not to loose his mind.

Senior Dramatic Soloist Daniel Schneider brought most people to tears with his powerful and moving piece placing 3rd!

Speech Team- Standing left to right- Abby Kyhl, Kaileigh LaRoche, Daniel Stevens, Josie Yockim, Colton Dahl. Seated left to right- Coach Gail Staffanson, Chloe Go.

Humorous Theatre team Garrett Dodds and Markalen Watson proved they were funny placing 2nd. With Kodi Schulz, Benjamin Stevens, Wyatt Reid & Emma Cundiff proving that a dating show is funny placing 5th.

Senior Noah Kyhl places 7th in Humorous Solo primarily because he was not afraid to wear tights and be a crazy elf. His talent also might have helped.

Speech and Debate Team placed 8th overall!

Lincoln Douglas debater Brandon Smith went undefeated till semis placing 3rd! This is the 3rd year that Coach Gordon has had a 3rd placer in LD!

Junior Informative Speaker Chloe Go had everyone craving chocolate on her speech about Herseys, placing 5th!

Competition was tough a few kids did make semifinals: Abby Kyhl In Humorous Interpretation, Kaileigh LaRoche in Original Oratory, Josie Yockim in Informative.

It was a long strange trip of a season this year! We survived and look forward to being in person next year!!


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