Oct 25, 2013 - From staff reportsThe speech and debate team from Central Wyoming College has performed well during its first two tournaments of the year.
"We seem to be getting more and more competitive as the season goes on," CWC president Joanne McFarland said. "I think we see this program growing."
Director of forensics Josh House took his team to a competition Sept. 27-29 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Returning student Riley Moore won third place in persuasive speaking and brought home the team's first trophy of the year.
Freshman Daryon Baumberger took fourth in after-dinner speaking, an event in which students write their own persuasive or informative speeches in an attempt to make the audience laugh while being educated at the same time.
Though she came in fourth, Baumberger placed second among community college students at the competition and first among novice students in the event.
Baumberger also competed in parliamentary debate with teammate Rachel Hofer. They placed 16th and 18th, respectively, while student Jordan Barthel was the 11th-place novice debate speaker.
Moore and Riley excelled again during the Pioneer Trails tournament Oct. 11-12 at Casper College.
Moore was first place in persuasive speaking - her second time earning top honors in the event during her two semesters on the team. During the preliminary rounds she received two first-place votes and one second-place vote; in the final round she was ranked first by all three critics.
Baumberger took first place in the "speech to entertain" event, having been ranked first by every judge who saw her speech, according to House.
"She has put in a lot of hard work to come in as a freshman and put up perfect scores against students that have been doing this event for up to four years," he said in a CWC press release. "Although she's making it look easy with these early wins, I assure you that this kind of early success is not typical and it is a credit both to the coaching she received in high school and to her personal work ethic."
Baumberger and Hofer also were recognized as the tournament's eighth-place novice speakers in parliamentary debate. They defeated two teams from Northwest College, excelling in both the speech and the debate components of forensics.
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