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CLACKAMAS -- Seventeen members, nine returning and eight new speakers of the 2016 Bandon High School Speech Team represented Bandon at the Clackamas Holiday Edge Speech and Debate tournament on Dec. 3 at Clackamas High School.

Bandon’s team competed head-to-head with speakers from 48 schools of all sizes representing more than 1,000 entries. Clackamas Edge is the biggest tournament of the year. High schools represented included: Bandon, Beaverton, Canby, Centennial, Century, Clackamas, Cleveland, Columbia Christian, Corvallis, Crater School of Business, Innovation, and Science, Crescent Valley, David Douglas, Forest Grove, Franklin, Gresham, Heritage, Hood River Valley, Junction City, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, Lake Oswego Senior High, Lakeridge, Liberty, Lincoln, Marist, McMinnville, Neah-Kah-Nie, Nestucca, North Valley, Oak Hill, Oregon City, Pendleton, Pine Eagle, Sandy, Silverton, South Albany, South Eugene, Southridge, Sprague, Summit, Sunset, Tillamook, Valley Catholic, West Albany, West Linn, Westview and Wilson.

Dustin Wilson and Josiah Hay placed third in dual interpretation with "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim. David Vincent finaled with a humorous piece entitled "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler" by Spike Mulligan. Jackson Turner placed first with his after dinner speech "Idioms."

In the Novice Division for first year speakers, Bandon brought home six awards: Les Anderson placed first with a humorous piece on dinosaurs. Donnegal Gordon placed second in two events, a dramatic interpretation entitled "The Flower Forest" by Torey Hayden and an after dinner speech about being a redhead. Marino Santor and Jackson Kennon placed second and third respectively in Expository with a piece on the stock market and one on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Kennon and Keeton Jennings also finaled in a dual interpretation entitled "Cold Storage."

This year’s team consists of 19 diverse and dedicated students, 10 returning and seven new speakers, who have the unique opportunity to represent Bandon while competing head to head with speakers from the largest schools in Oregon. This is the fourth year that two freshmen have been accepted onto the team. Co-captains this year are four-year speakers Katy Taylor and Dustin Wilson. Seniors include David Vincent, Andy Yu, Jack Turner, and first-year seniors Donnegal Gordon and Josiah Hay. The juniors are MyKayla Mache, David Fodrea, Jacob Tidwell and new speaker Keeton Jennings.

Sophomores Isabel Winston and Nick Turner competed as freshmen. In addition, Ruby Toole-Jackson, Les Anderson, Jackson Kennon, and Marino Santoro have joined the team. This year’s two freshmen competitors are Amelia Russell and Becky Yu.

"I always expect a lot,” said coach Tyler Curtis. “But this year's team has been forcing me to raise my expectations. From being on time to attitude and graciousness, our members have been self-starting, kind, and competitive. I can't even hold onto our ballot results on the bus they want to see how they can improve so badly."

The team's Sweet Speeches will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Sprague Community Theater. Come out and show your support and witness the exciting dynamics of the 2016-17 BHS Speech and Debate team. Bandon will travel to Lewis and Clark College for the Jan. 13-14 tournament, then to Linfield College Feb. 3-4.

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