Grand County Speech and Debate team, from left to right: Coach Carrie Strecker, Ty Martinez, Kai Wainer, Miranda Corbin, Jaidyn Thomas, Jenna Bertuzzi, Annie Kopell and Phillip Geiser. [Courtesy photo]

The Grand County Speech and Debate team placed fourth in overall team sweepstakes during its first tournament for the Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit’s season.

The competition was held at Emery High School on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the team making a sweep of the Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr) event as junior Jaidyn Thomas placed first, senior Phillip Geiser placed second, and junior Ty Martinez placed third.

Thomas went undefeated in all six rounds. In Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, senior Kai Wainer placed first by ranking first in every individual round, earning what debaters call a “picket fence.”

In Public Forum debate, Thomas and junior Miranda Corbin placed third. In Policy Debate, Geiser and senior Annie Kopell placed second and Wainer and Martinez received third place.

Last month, the team started off the year by competing in one of the largest tournaments they attend, Beehive Bonanza, at the University of Utah. Geiser placed ninth in Lincoln Douglas Debate speaker points, and Martinez placed second in Congressional Debate.

The team looks forward to continuing its success as it competes at Carbon, as well as their home tournament, in December.

Students compete in first Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit of the season