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YSHS and McKinney Middle School Speech and Debate members went to state-level tournaments earlier this month. Left: Freshman Gini Meekin and senior Delia Hallet; Right, from left: Freshman Tiger Collins and eighth-graders Ashton Egea-Kaleda and Zach Underwood. (Submitted photos)

Speech & Debate competes at state

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Several members of the Yellow Springs High School and McKinney Middle School Speech & Debate team competed in the state-level tournament earlier this month.

The middle school state finals and the high school novice state finals were held virtually Saturday, March 12. Freshman Tiger Collins earned eighth place in the High School Novice Declamation category, and eighth-graders Ashton Egea-Kaleda and Zach Underwood finished in sixth and seventh place respectively in the finals of Middle School Oratory.

Collins presented “Planet City,” a TED talk about climate change by Liam Young.

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Egea-Kaleda presented an original speech on LGBTQ+ rights, and Underwood gave an original speech on the impact of music throughout our lives.

The high school state finals took place in-person the week before on March 5 and 6 in Wooster. Freshman Gini Meekin finished 32nd out of the 60 competitors from across the state in the Original Oratory category; and senior Delia Hallet finished 31st out of 51 in the Program of Oral Interpretation category, which combines published prose and poetry around a central theme.

Meekin’s original speech was about code switching. Hallet explored themes related to homosexuality based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and other pieces.

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