HHS Speech and Debate team earns trophies at Golden Eagle Cup tournament

COURTESY PHOTOS Above: Members of the Huron High School Speech and Debate team are, back row, from left, Coach Ben Halbkat, Tessa Gogolin, Antony Sorto, Lily Halter and Mylie Byrd; and in front, Samantha Swanson, Green Ta Bah and Mackenzie Copeland. Below: Trophy winners Tessa Gogolin, left, and Lily Halter.

The Huron Speech and Debate team travelled to Aberdeen Central High School Nov. 4 to compete in the Golden Eagle Cup Tournament. 

All interp students performed well, with two earning trophies for their success. 

Tessa Gogolin placed fourth in Humorous Interp and Lily Halter placed second in Program Oral Interp (POI). 

The rest of the team placed within the top half of their respective categories, leading to a pretty successful second tournament of the season. 

“As one of the coaches, I could not be happier and more pleased with how our students performed,” said Ben Halbkat, assistant coach for the team. “This was the first tournament of the season for a few of our interpers, and seeing how well they did and excited they were shows me that we will have a great season.”

The Huron Speech and Debate team will be travelling to Sioux Falls next weekend to compete at the Warrior Speech Invitational Tournament at S.F. Washington High School and the Rough Rider Debate Tournament at S.F. Roosevelt High School Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12.