Butte High students heading to nationals

2013-03-03T00:15:00Z Butte High students heading to nationals Montana Standard
March 03, 2013 12:15 am

Donations needed to fund trip

The Butte High School Speech and Debate Team came home with two national qualifiers and an alternate following the National Forensic League District Qualifier Feb. 8-9 in Kalispell.

Luke Wilde, a senior, took first place in domestic extemporaneous speaking and fourth in foreign extemporaneous speaking.

Due to the double entry qualification by fellow competitors, Wilde has elected to go to the national tournament in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. This opened up an opportunity for freshman teammate Zoe Holman to compete in domestic extemporaneous speaking. The pair will head to Birmingham, Ala., in mid-June for the national competition.

Their coaches, Terri Hartline-Belke and head coach, Roger McCullough, believe the two have what it takes to do quite well.

“Some districts are not seriously competitive in extemporaneous speaking, focusing more on debate or interpretation. But, in Montana extemp is very competitive and at national level. We expect excellence from our extempers here. As a result we are consistently competitive,’’ Hartline-Belke said.

The team is waiting to hear if sophomore Erin Olivieri, coached by Rob Cox, will travel as well. She is first alternate in the Student Congress House. If the winner opts not to go, Olivieri will be eligible to go in his place. Olivieri competed in policy debate all year and chose to participate in Student Congress at the qualifier.

“The placement is an impressive showing in a packed competition,’’ Hartline-Belke said.

Funding is always an issue. If you want to help send these kids to the national tournament to represent Butte, tax deductable contributions may be sent to the attention of Roger McCullough, Butte High Speech and Debate, 401 S. Wyoming St., Butte MT 59701.

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