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By Jack H. Smith
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Speech and Drama team starts strong


November 20, 2019

It has been an amazing start to the season for the Three Forks High School Speech and Drama team.

Just two meets into the season, the Wolves have found early success in Billings and the Beaverhead High meet in Dillon. Three Forks finished first in speech and third in drama for Class B at both events.

“We have had an outstanding start to the year, laying a foundation for what's to come in January. We will end up with 65 to 70 competitors this year, with about 20 of them being first-year participants, so there has been a large amount of learning and preparation at the start of the year,” said head coach Greg Overman.

Experience will also be a key to the team seams success in 2019-20 and according to Overman, as expected, several experienced competitors have been successful early on, and have served as an example for the younger students.

He said Dean Buchholz and Aden Lehr are teaming-up this year as a policy team, with seven years of experience between them, and Dean having won a state championship last year, they will certainly have a strong year.

The team placed third against a heavy slate of Class AA competition in Billings and they won first at a heavy Class A meet in Dillon.

“This serves as an example for what they can accomplish this year, and it also serves as an example for the eight first-year debaters that we have this year,” he said.

Hannah Wilson is also off to a strong start for the Wolves. Overman said she is the top Lincoln-Douglas debater for the team. Wilson placed fourth in Billings and went 2-1 in Dillon.

Overman added throughout the entire roster they have a large number of students who have competed three or four years and will have extremely successful seasons.

“Hannah Rumelhart is a true leader, competing for her fourth year, placing first in Billings and second at Beaverhead. Bailey Partain has four years of experience in Impromptu, placing second in Billings. Alexis Welch has three years of experience, placing eighth in Billings and winning at Beaverhead. Kalli Miller has three years of experience, placing eighth in Billings and winning at Beaverhead. And the list goes on-and-on-and-on. I have high expectations for these young people this season, and the first two meets of the year have done nothing but justify those expectations, he said.

Along with the positive results, Overman has also been impressed with leadership and energy on the team.

“Molly Collins is a competitor with three years of experience, and I can't even count the number of times that she has pulled younger students to the side to help them. She uses her experience, perspective, and kindness to guide those younger participants. And the younger participants are demonstrating a desire and energy that is going to make them successful early on. Cadence Brown and Caden Freeborn are first time competitors in the extremely difficult event of extemporaneous, and they have practiced-and-practiced-and-practiced. All of that work will pay off in January,” he said. “Simply, it's going to be one of the strongest Speech and Drama seasons for Three Forks in the past eight years that I have coached. I'm excited to see what these kids can accomplish.”


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