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RHS speakers to nationals
Riverton High School qualified a record number of speakers for the National Forensic League nationals this June in Indianapolis. Five Wolverines made the grade last weekend at the NFL District meet in Riverton. Front row from left, Jace Flanagan, Sean Thornton, Jaden Brummond, and coaches Margaret Murray and Annette Thornton. Back fro from left, Quentin Lance and Sam Myers. The team competes at the state tournament this weekend in Rock Springs. Photo by Steve Peck

RHS speakers to nationals

Mar 16, 2012 - Staff

Riverton High School speakers compiled a stellar record as last weekend's National Forensic League District Tournament hosted by RHS.

Five Riverton competitors qualified for the NFL nationals this June in Indianapolis, a record number for the team.

Junior Jaden Brummond was a rare double qualifier, earning one of two available spots in both dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation. She had chosen to compete in dramatic interp at nationals, where only one primary event per qualifier is permitted. A Thermopolis speaker is the other national qualifier in drama. Brummond's piece is about a school shooting incident.

Brummond's decision opens the door for an alternate qualifier to attend in humorous interp, also with Riverton ties. Natrona County High School's Faith Marcelli, a former Riverton resident, will compete in humour at nationals along with a Greybull speaker.

Earning their second consecutive national qualification are the duo interpretation team of Jace Flanagan and Sean Thornton. The juniors also eared a spot at nationals last year in Dallas.

Their piece from Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book," has been a frequent winner throughout the four-month Wyoming High School Activities Association speech and debate season. Star Valley speakers also will represent Wyoming in duo interp at nationals.

Junior Quentin Lance and senior Sam Myers also are headed to nationals in their events. Lance was the first to make it, winning one of the mock senate chambers in NFL Student Congress on Thursday. He, too, has been a dominant competitor all season.

Myers earned his slot in original oratory, an event with enough contestants this year to warrant three national qualifiers. Myers, whose original speech is about censorship, qualified along with orators from Douglas and Green River.

It's the first nationals qualification for both Lance and Myers.

In the team competition, Riverton emerged in third place in a tightly contested race with second place Natrona and first--place Green River.

The Wolverines speakers, coached by Annette Thornton and assistance Margaret Murray, now are competing in the speech season's other culminating event, the WHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament, through Saturday in Rock Springs.

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