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SPEECH AND DEBATE PREPARES FOR STATE STATE Ellen Ipsen Assistant News Editor B eginning in late September, about 30 Hellgate students began preparing for their season of com petitive Speech and Debate meets. Although the season is nearing its end, they still have several impor tant meets left. The state Speech and Debate meet will take place Jan. 25-26 in Butte. After this, Na tional Qualifiers will meet Feb. 8-9 in Kalispell. The team competes in 12 differ ent events. Eight of these are indi vidual speech events, while four are debate events. Competitors may participate in more than one event, or even one speech event and one debate event. Bridger Christian, one of the team's three captains, competes in both Extem poraneous Speaking and Public Forum Debate. Christian has high hopes for State. He said, \I hope to repeat my title as State Champion in Extemporaneous Speak- Speech and debate gurus Bridger Christian and Garret Hueffed get friendly with a handshake. (Photo by Sadie Palmatier). ing. It would also be great for everyone to make it to semi-finals and have the team place in the top five.\ Many competitors have put in a lot of hard work and are hoping it shows. Jesse Diamond, junior, said, \The people that go to practice improve tenfold. Speech and Debate is super experiential, so hard work pays off.\ The team has made great im provements over the last few years, and this year, the team is expecting to send around five people to Na tionals. Christian attributes much of this success to the head coach. He said, \The team used to be a terrible joke, but it has recently made great strides. Head Coach Oliver Nord- lund has really stuck with the team and turned things around.\ There is certainly a rivalry both within the team and with other teams. Diamond said that the team's biggest rival is Sentinel while Chris tian said that his personal rival is his fellow Captain, teammate, and friend, senior Garett Hueffed. Though Speech and Debate can appear to be a serious activity, members expose the fun-loving sides of the sport. Co-Captain Marielle Gallagher, senior, said that to her, \Speech and Debate means developing a skill that will be use ful in life but also leads to many hilarious moments.\ A NEW “ KIND ” RIGHT TO HELLGATE ’ S MOST QUENTIN TARANTI- A LOOK AT MONTANA SKI OF CLUB GUNS FASHIONABLE NO ’ S MOVIE HISTORY KNIGHTS BBALL HILLS PAGE 4 PAGE 6 PAGES 8 & 9 PAGE 15 PAGE 17 BACKPAGE