Camdenton Speech & Debate bring home awards from Nixa tourney

Camdenton High School Speech and Debate students brought home a number of awards from the John Horner Classic Debate Tournament held in Nixa. Front, from left, are Michael Bank, Charlotte Blair, Molly Warnock and Alaina Sonksen; middle, from left, Shelby Boze, Lexie White, Rebecca Reed, Alexis McNabb and Mason Taft; back, from left, Michael Brown, Logan Gilbert, Will Pierce, Laura Weiss and Tristin Whetstine.

Camdenton High School Speech and Debate students brought home a number of awards from the John Horner Classic Debate Tournament held in Nixa. Front, from left, are Michael Bank, Charlotte Blair, Molly Warnock and Alaina Sonksen; middle, from left, Shelby Boze, Lexie White, Rebecca Reed, Alexis McNabb and Mason Taft; back, from left, Michael Brown, Logan Gilbert, Will Pierce, Laura Weiss and Tristin Whetstine.

The Camdenton High School Speech and Debate team battled illness as well as 29 schools from across the state to bring home a number of awards from the John Horner Classic Debate Tournament held in Nixa.

“We started out with a small number due to some good conflicts such as students who had qualified for District Choir, or participating in some aspect of the football quarter-final game. Then of the remaining students, we had illness strike. Shelby Boze was sick most of the week, but rallied to be at the tournament. Then Alexis McNabb became ill early Saturday morning, but fought on through semi-finals and into finals. Mid-morning, Laura Weiss also got sick, but was determined to carry on and earned a 3-1 record in a tough field. I was very proud of their tenacity.” stated Tom Martin, head coach of the squad.

Martin was also pleased with the balance of leadership and results. The Camdenton team only took four varsity members to this tournament, but all of them advanced in at least one event. Novices Alexis McNabb and Molly Warnock advanced in both debate and individual events. Varsity member Alaina Sonksen broke to quarter-finals of Lincoln-Douglas debate despite having never competed in the event before, as well as placing fourth overall with her Original Oration.

Individual event finalists of the John Horner Classic Debate Tournament are Alaina Sonksen, fourth place (Original Oration and Lincoln-Douglas Debate); Molly Warnock, third place (Novice Original Oration) and fourth place (Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate); Alexis McNabb, fifth place (Novice Dramatic Interpretation) and fourth place (Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate); and Michael Bank/Charlotte Blair, fourth place (Novice Policy Debate).

Individual event semi-finalists are Shelby Boze/Mason Taft (Duo Interpretation), Shelby Boze (Original Oration), Logan Gilbert (Congress Supersession) and Lexie White (Novice Dramatic Interpretation).

Camdenton will compete from Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Mexico, Mo.

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