Snow College speech and debate team opened their forensics season this last weekend at the College of Southern Idaho, bringing home many awards.
Snow took third in sweepstakes which is the award based on overall performance among all the teams.
Haylee Hunsaker and Brendon White took second in British Parliament and fourth in top speakers. Kassie Bussard and Zane Yarbrough took fourth in British Parliament and third in top speakers. Morgan Aldous took second in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Haylee Hunsaker took fourth in After Dinner Speaking.
This year is different for the Snow forensics team as last year’s Director of Forensics, Malynda Bjerregaard, took an opportunity to coach at Linfield College for the year. This year’s Director of Forensics, David Dickinson, said he feels “blessed to have the opportunity to lead a prestigious program like Snow’s.”
Snow was the only two-year school to place in the top three, joined by Boise State University and Utah State University. Considering that their teams are double or triple the size of Snow’s team, it is impressive that Snow ranked with the big kids on the circuit.
Regarding how the first tournament went Dickinson said, “It was validation of long hard work in the summer. The goal is to continue tradition that forensics team has set and we are looking to increase our presence on the national stage.”
The speech and debate team had a strong start to the season and plans to continue as they travel around the nation for the rest of the year.