Wenzel repeats as state debate champ
YANKTON, Mar 04, 2013 (The Daily Republic - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Mitchell High School debaters nabbed first- and second-place individual awards and had a semifinalist team over the weekend at the state speech and debate tournament.
The event in Yankton, known officially as the South Dakota High School Activities Association State Speech and Debate Tournament, included seven MHS students.
Mason Wenzel, a junior, won the Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking category for the second year in a row.
"That was a lot of fun, really," Wenzel said. "It takes a lot to even win it once, and I'm really proud to do it twice."
His topic was the federal sequestration spending cuts.
With this year's win, Wenzel now has the opportunity for a three-peat next year.
"That is the biggest, and my largest goal that I have right now, is hoping to do it again next year," he said.
Wenzel also qualified earlier this year in extemporaneous speaking for The National Forensics Tournament in June in Birmingham, Ala. The qualifier was a non-SDHSAA event in Watertown.
Ron Grimsley, head debate coach for MHS, said about 20 Class A and AA schools competed in the state tournament over the weekend, which concluded Saturday night. The assistant debate coach is Melanie Jacobson.
Grimsley said the extemporaneous speaking competitions give students three topics from which to choose based on current events. Students then get 30 minutes to prepare a speech.
Domestic topics are those that pertain to the United States, while the International Extemporaneous Speaking category, in which junior Luke Bartl placed second, deals with worldwide current events.
"Luke has been kind of steadily moving up," Grimsley said.
The two-person team of Matt Schilling and Cara Beck, both seniors, earned a semifinalist plaque in the Public Forum Debate category.
Grimsley said both teams that are eliminated in the semifinal round receive a plaque.
"I guess you could say they tied for third," he said.
Other MHS students who competed in Yankton were A.J. Krumholz, Isaac Novak and Sofi Kristensen.
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