It has been a fantastic season to date for the Three Forks High School Speech, Drama, and Debate team.
According to first-year Head Coach Bronwyn Evans, the successful start to the season included a phenomenal placing at large Class AA meets in November in Helena and earlier this month in Billings.
"We have a lot of upperclassmen this year, and they know what they are doing. Seniors Noah Murphy and Maddie Griffiths have placed in the top three of every meet they have attended. Junior Lance Demaray has gotten first place numerous times. We have a few first-time competitors as well, including Junior CJ Duvall and Freshmen Violet Donnelly and Lydia Ogeka, who have excelled at Speech and Drama events," Evans said.
At the recent meet with a large turnout of competitors in Billings, Murphy and Griffiths led the way for Three Forks with a first-place finish in Public Forum Debate. Malia Erikson and Claire Cutler also shined at the two-day tournament, finishing third in Policy Debate.
Demaray finished third, and Jordan Berg was seventh in SPOI. Brooke Crowe and Zaida Bertrand finished seventh in Humorous Theater.
Three Forks will open the postseason on January 19 at the Divisional Meet in Columbus. As a first-year coach, Evans said she is so proud of the hard work and dedication the returning students have shown and the example they are setting for the teams' younger competitors.
"I have high hopes for the Divisional Tournament and expect to take several students to the State meet at the end of the month. This is a long season, and as we near the end goal (State), I feel we have done what we hoped to do and also have great insight into how to succeed next season," said Evans. "Speech Drama and Debate is such a diverse program full of diverse kids with something for everyone. My goal is to help rebuild this program into the powerhouse it has previously been known to be. From an interest in public speaking, current events, conducting debates, and comedy to an interest in method acting, voice characterization, or stand-up comedy, there is an event for you. First-year coaches know how difficult coming into a program can be, but the students this year have been so welcoming and helpful. I feel lucky to be a part of their successes and failures this season as well as to witness the growth and passion they have, and I can't wait to continue to foster that."