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By Jack H. Smith
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Three Forks speech, drama shine

 

December 11, 2019

Pictured are the seven members of the Three Forks speech and drama team who made the finals in Belgrade. Courtesy photo

The Three Forks High School speech and drama team have a strong reputation as one of the best programs in the Treasure State. This was once again case last weekend as members of the team were split into two squads, both finding a great deal of success.

According to head coach Greg Overman, they sent 11 participants to an Class AA meet in Belgrade, serving as the only non-Class AA school at the event. The Wolves had seven of their 11 participants qualify for the finals.

Dean Buchholz, Aden Lehr, Hannah Wilson, Ayden Israel, YenShae Fan, Gabryele Veltkamp, and Molly Collins all qualified in their individual events.

Overman said the debate program is proving to be extremely strong this year, and that performance in Belgrade demonstrates what they have accomplished thus far this year, and what they can accomplish at the end of the season.

He added Dean Buchholz and Aden Lehr are partners this year in the extremely difficult event of Policy Debate, and they qualified for semi-finals at Belgrade, only one round from finals.

"That is an impressive accomplishment at an AA meet. Dean won a state championship last year with a senior partner and is now working with Aden, and they are proving to be leaders through their achievements and how they are serving as examples for our younger debaters," he said.

Three Forks also shined winning first place in speech at Townsend. This was the fifth consecutive time the team has finished first in a Class B Competition.

"That success is connected to the performance of Allison Kamps who placed first in Impromptu Speaking at the meet, the consistent success, and leadership of seniors like Bailey Partain and Lilly Lindquist, and the improvement in freshmen like Finn Hansen, Kevin Richards, and Cadence Brown who placed 2nd/3rd respectfully at the meet. Given that we placed second in Speech at the state competition last year and we have so many pieces returning, we have lofty goals for this season, and this weekend we demonstrated that those goals are achievable," Overman said.

After placing third at the first two meets of the year, the drama team placed second for the second consecutive meet. Overman feels the drama team is demonstrating improvement and those kids are putting the pieces together for the end of the season.

He said Hannah Rumelhart placed first at Townsend in Pantomime, showing her consistent success because of the four years that she has put into working on that event. He added her leadership, positive attitude, and never-ending consistency are beyond valuable for our drama team.

Overman was very happy with how his team performed at the two meets.

"The fact that we can split our team and send them to two different meets is something that not many Class B programs can pull off, and it speaks to the variety of competitors we have, the number of competitors we have, our school's commitment to this program, and the number/quality of coaching that can provide that variety. Saturday was another step toward what this team can accomplish at the end of January," he said.

 

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