HHS takes CFC Championship

COURTESY PHOTO The HHS Speech & Debate Team is shown after winning first place in the CFC Conference held Saturday in Sioux Falls.

The Huron High School Speech & Debate Team won the Central Forensic Conference (CFC) Championship at S.F Roosevelt H.S. on Saturday.  
The CFC champion is decided by the total of all of the CFC tournaments held during the season.
The final CFC standings:
1- Huron (224 points)
2- Lennox (210)
3- SF O’Gorman (185)
4- SF Washington (165)
5- Yankton (157)
6- Brookings (137)
7- Harrisburg (136)
8- Mitchell (121)
9- SF Roosevelt (111)
10- SF Christian (80)
11- (Tie) Brandon Valley & Milbank
13- Madison (51)
14- Tea (21)
“This has been a tough season,” said head coach Mitch Gaffer. “We’re a smaller team than we usually have. But these students responded to the challenge with hard work, performing multiple events, and showing good improvement as the season progressed. The coaching staff is very proud of what this team achieved this weekend.”
Top finishers from Huron at the final CFC Tournament at SF Roosevelt:
• In Varsity LD Debate, Nate Lyon finished third.
• In Duet Interp, Jackson Trandall & Gonzalo Quispe finished 3rd.
• In Novice Oratory, Paul Queija finished third and Elizabeth Estrada finished fourth.
• In Humorous Interp, Tanner Cronin Finished fifth and Gonzalo Quispe finished seventh.
• In Novice Extemp, Ali Griffith finished sixth.
“This marks the 19th time that Huron has placed first in the CFC Conference during my 35 years as head coach. That, along with placing second 19 times, gives the Huron community a lot to be proud of!”
The next tournament for the Speech & Debate Team is the Harrisburg tournament on Friday, Feb. 14.
Volunteers needed
The team is still looking for volunteer judges for Public Forum Debate as Huron High School hosts the State Debate Tournament on March 6-7.  
The SDHSAA wants regular community members to judge debates about whether the government should provide traditional welfare help or provide a basic in come to all adults. No experience is necessary.
An information meeting will be held at the High School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to answer questions.  
Please contact Mitch Gaffer to volunteer or get more information at [email protected]