GHS speech team repeats as 1A/2A state champs, takes seventh overall

By Marlys Good

The Greybull High School speech team brought home its second consecutive state 1A/2A championship from the state meet in Riverton last weekend. It was a close race between Greybull, Hot Springs and Glenrock and the final outcome had to wait on the judges’ decisions.

“There was really no way of knowing how things would finish,” said Coach Joel Kuper, “but as the awards started being announced and our students began to place higher than the other 1A/2A finalists, I felt comfortable that the repeat was at hand.”

When the final decisions were announced Greybull left Riverton with several medals and its second consecutive state title. Overall, Greybull finished seventh out of the 34 schools competing. Kuper pointed out that Greybull’s points would have placed the team third in the 3A and fifth in the 4A competition, a reflection of how strong and competitive the team has been all year.

Greybull had three entries in the state finals, which includes students from all classes: Bailee Foster in Oratory and POI; Ashlyn Ewen in Oratory and Baylee Drewry and Seamus Bercher in Duo Interpretation.

Foster won the state championship 1A/2A Oratory and Program Interp.; third place overall in Oratory and fifth place overall in Program Interp.

Bercher was the state 1A/2A champion in Duo Interp. and Humor and fourth overall in Duo Interp.

Baylee Drewry was state champion 1A/2A and fourth overall in Duo Interp.

Ewen claimed second place in 1A/2A in both Oratory and Duo Interp and was fourth overall in Oratory.

Jessie Kysar claimed second in 1A/2A Duo Interp. and third place in 1A/2A Informative.

Isabel Irvine took second place in 1A/2A Informative.

Eden Hanson took second place in 1A/2A PF Debate and third in Oratory.

Sadie Harper took second in 1A/2A PF Debate.

Also competing were Angelica Rasmussen, Drama, Poetry; Rosa Aguilar, Oratory; Kaileigh Schell, Drama, Congress.

“Our students went into the state meet knowing they were capable of bringing home another championship trophy,” Kuper said. “But they also knew that the state meet brings together the very best, so it was not going to be an easy task. We beat two excellent teams from Glenrock and Thermopolis – in fact last year there were only two 1A/2A competitors in finals and this year there were 11.

“I’m extremely proud of how our students responded to the pressure and the demands of the state meet.  What an amazing group of individuals.”

Kuper will be taking a group of his top speech students to Green River this weekend for the National Speech & Debate Association’s qualifying meet.  Vying for a trip to the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June will be Baylee Drewry, Ashlyn Ewen, Bailee Foster, Eden Hanson, Sadie Harper, Jessie Kysar and Angelica Rasmussen.

After spring break Kuper said there will be an open house to give community members the opportunity to see and hear the GHS speech team members in their events. The date and time of the event will be announced later.