Each of the six members of Grand County High School's debate team that competed at Beaver Battles on Saturday, Feb. 8 received at least one medal for placing as a finalist in different speech and debate events. Back row (from left to right): Stacey Andrus, Becca Farnsworth, Anna Scherer and Kristin Millis Front row (from left to right): Emma Sweeney, Meera Edwards and Emilia Cubelos. Team captain, Scherer, also holds the team's trophy for placing in third at the tournament. [Photo by Caleb Christensen / Courtesy]

Six members of the Grand County High School debate team traveled to Beaver for the Beaver Battles tournament held Saturday, Feb. 8. Due to schedule conflicts with other events, such as the Science Olympiad held the same weekend, few members were able to travel to this competition. Despite having less than a third of the team competing, the team placed third at the competition.

All the team members placed at the tournament, even while competing in events that were less familiar to them.

“These girls did a great job,” said Kristin Millis, the high school debate coach.

Becca Farnsworth placed first in Spontaneous Argumentation, also known as SPAR and third in Humorous Interpretation. Farnsworth, a senior, hasn’t competed in SPAR since she was a freshman in high school.

Emilia Cubelos placed second in Congress.

Stacey Andrus placed third and Meera Edwards was a finalist in Lincoln Douglas debate. Emma Sweeney placed third in Impromptu and was a finalist in SPAR.

Anna Scherer was a finalist in Dramatic Interpretation.

The week before the high school debate team placed seventh at Richfield Catententions, a two-day tournament on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at Richfield High School.

Stacey Andrus placed second in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Nat Smith placed second in extemporaneous speaking. Anna Scherer placed fourth and Skyler Johnson placed fifth in dramatic interpretation. Nat Smith and Emilia Cubelos placed fifth in public forum debate. The team placed seventh at the event.

Beaver Battles is the last tournament for the students this season before the team competes at a regional competition on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Emery High School in Castle Dale.

State finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 at Bingham High School in South Jordan.

All team members placed in finals at Beaver Battles

“These girls did a great job.”