Logan High’s speech and debate team has celebrated yet another weekend of victories at University of Utah’s annual Beehive Bonanza tournament held on October 9-10.
Matt Hogan received third place in the Open Congress division and the Head Chair title. Ethan Smith and Jaxon Seamons got second place in Open Public Forum debate, and Seamons received tenth best overall speaker in the event. Trenton Chang and Victoria Stafford were quarterfinalists in Open Policy debate, Chang receiving eighth best overall speaker and Stafford receiving third. Wesley Carter won first place in novice Lincoln-Douglas as well as first best overall speaker in his respected event. Daniel Anderson dominated the Dramatic Interpretation speech division, winning first place and a bid to the prestigious Tournament of Champions.
Hosted by the University of Kentucky, the Tournament of Champions is a distinguished tournament, featuring speech and debate competitors that are truly the cream of the crop. In order to qualify and compete in the Tournament of Champions, contestants must receive two bids from certified tournaments, usually apart of the national circuit. By nature, these tournaments are extremely competitive. Just being able to qualify and compete at this tournament is a hefty accomplishment in of itself.
Zeque Murillo, former Logan High speech captain, has been working with Anderson one-on-one.
“What I’ve found is that there are some students you can talk to until you’re blue in the face. They’re never going to try, and they’re never going to change. But every once in awhile, you’ll run into someone who is eager to listen and eager to learn. Daniel Anderson is one of these students,” Murillo noted. “I only got to work about 45 minutes with him each day for about 4 days. It was a short time but he already had so much potential that it became more about ironing out the details. There is a lot of technique and art to this piece. I’m immensely proud of Daniel for striving to victory.”
The Logan High speech and debate team can confirm: Daniel Anderson is motivated as ever, his eyes fixed on the next bid.
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