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Competitors from the McKinney Middle School and Yellow Springs High School Speech and Debate teams recently represented their schools at several online competitions, with all participating students winning awards.

Galen Sieck received first place in the category of Lincoln-Douglas Debate on the topic of compulsory voting at a virtual tournament in Missouri, and was a finalist in an online competition in Indiana last weekend.

While Sieck competed virtually in Indiana, YSHS team members Delia Hallet and Joaquin Espinosa took second and third places, respectively, for original speeches at the online Centerville TournaShop. McKinney students Payton Horton, Leilani Egea-Kaleda, Zach Underwood and Evie Thomas were awarded first, third, fourth and fifth places, respectively, in their competition.

The students were coached by Brian Housh, who managed the contestants at two different online competitions in two different states at the same time.

Pictured, clockwise from right, are Horton, Underwood and Espinosa, masked and physically distanced, with other virtual contestants displayed on screen.

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