Grand County High School’s Speech and Debate Team members Emma Millis (left), Aidan Guzman-Newton, Grace Osusky and Cody Gatlin gathered together after they received recognition at the Beehive Bonanza Awards Ceremony. [Courtesy photo]

Grand County High School’s Speech and Debate Team had a promising start to its season at the Beehive Bonanza tournament, hosted by the University of Utah. Over 50 schools competed, with close to 750 individual entries.

Team Captain Aidan Guzman-Newton, a senior, semi-finaled in extemporaneous speaking. Senior Cody Gatlin semi-finaled in novice impromptu. Sophomore Emma Millis finaled in congressional debate. Captain Grace Osusky, a senior, placed third in extemporaneous speaking. Osusky’s placement earned her a bid to the Tournament of Champions, a prestigious national tournament hosted by the University of Kentucky.

The team’s members said they are looking forward to a busy season, and to hosting numerous events and fundraisers. On Nov. 13, the team is pairing up once again with the Grand County League of Women Voters to host a night at the MARC devoted to Dark Skies ordinances and other issues relevant to the community.