Butte Falls Speech team one of best in Oregon

The Butte Falls High School Speech and Debate team continues to hold their position as 10th in the State of Oregon out of 54 schools. The team competes all over the state against 6A to 1A schools. In January, Butte Falls competed at Pacific University. Ayn-Marie Hailicka placed second in Senior Humorous Interpretation and Quinby Barrows placed second in Junior Humorous. The team also competed at the North Valley Pentathlon in January. Quinby Barrows, a freshman at Butte Falls High School, was the only student that entered five events. After competing in 17 rounds, she placed third in Humorous and first in Dual Interpretation with partner, Ayn-Marie Hailicka. Ayn-Marie also placed first in Humorous. Ayn-Marie, a senior, has competed all four years in high school and has earned over 1,000 National Forensic League points. Daytona Ingraham and Brandy Rambo placed second in Impromptu Duo and Cathy Garote, another senior, placed in Impromptu Speaking. David Dunham, a sophomore, placed third in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third in SPAR Debate.

February was an exciting month as the team traveled to the University
of Oregon and returned with its first huge trophy. Kyle Kinyon, a
freshman, took first place in Junior Humorous and brought back the
two-foot trophy that set a new standard for Butte Falls High School
students to try to attain in the future. Quinby Barrows placed second
in Junior Humorous and Ayni Hailicka was a finalist in Senior Humorous.

In early March, the team returned to the University of
Oregon for the National Qualifying tournament. Quinby Barrows was a
finalist in both of her events, Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation.
She is third alternate for Nationals in Humorous. Ayn-Marie Hailicka
and Kyle Kinyon were finalists in duo, Daniel Boyd is second alternate
in Student Congress and Heather O’Keefe is fourth alternate in Student
Senate. Dakota Kinyon, a senior at Butte Falls High School and Daniel
Boyd, a junior, advanced to elimination rounds in Policy Debate,
competing against highly successful teams from Ashland High School and
South Eugene High School.
Watching students from a 1A
school compete against 5A and 6A schools is very exciting. The team has
two more tournaments remaining until the end of the Speech Season, OSAA
Districts and State. The OSAA State competition is at Western Oregon
University in April. The team would like to thank the Butte Falls
community for their steadfast support of the forensics program. We hope
that this program will continue to succeed and offer the same
opportunities for our future speech and debate students.

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