#Smiles: Riverton High School Speech and Debate team wins State for 4th year in a row

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The following was shared with County 10:

Wyoming Speech and Debate teams competed in their first virtual Speech and Debate tournament from April 19th – 22nd. The tournament was hosted by the University of Wyoming and its Director of Forensics, Matt Liu. Riverton High School beat out Jackson Hole High School in a narrow lead to becoming the 2020 State Champions of Wyoming Speech and Debate. This is Riverton High School’s 4th year winning the title. Coaches Annette Thornton and Becca Pierson didn’t know what to expect this year with this novel online format. They are both immensely proud of their team and the work they have put forth.

Results are as follows:

Angelique Throckmartin ranked in preliminary rounds in Extemporaneous Speaking. Kylar Bennett ranked in preliminary rounds in Congressional Debate.

Kaia Tippets made it to the semi-final round in Poetry Interpretation.

Elizabeth Pierson made it to the Super Congress Round in Congressional Debate. Elizabeth also received a special award for being the Best Presiding Officer in her preliminary rounds.

Senior Savana Whitehurst won 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation, Savana also participated in Dramatic Interpretation.

Kaia Tippets and Shannyn Kreitzer won 3rd place in Duet Interpretation as a team.

Shannyn Kreitzer also won 2nd place in Humor Interpretation.

Carly Thornton and Isaac Almejo-Ponce won 2nd place in Duet Interpretation as a team.

Carly Thornton also won 2nd place in Poetry Interpretation.

Senior Joe Thornton won 1st place in Poetry Interpretation and also won 1st place in Dramatic Interpretation.

Coach Annette Thornton says of the team, “You held together and never gave up the sport you love. Your commitment to each other inspires me. Bringing home another state championship this year was beyond my wildest dreams.”

The RHS team would also like to give a friendly shout-out to the two LVHS students who participated in the State Tournament, Kephas Olson who participated in Lincoln Douglas and Megan Haratyk who participated in Informative Speaking. Megan placed 5th in Informative Speaking overall.

The RHS team will be taking a couple of weeks break before they begin their preparations for their online National competition in June.

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