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Watertown's Brett Mischke, LD
debate, Brooking's Lindsey Hoff, Oratory, and from
Watertown Stephanie Chase, Oratory, and BJ Ortmeier,
Policy debate play a little "Del Mooney" to
pass the time between rounds. Ortmeier said, "You
meet new people (at tournaments) but you can't really
get too involved because it's inconvenient at
tournaments, unless, you are Darin Gully(Watertown LD
Watertown's infamous Darin Gully, LD
debate and national domestic extemp qualifier, checks
the chess along with Mark Werner, Policy
debate/Foreign Extemp, judge Brett Werner and James
Brandt, policy debate/domestic extemp, all from
Brookings. Gully responded to teammates friendly
objections saying,"The people on my team tend to
think I am 'social.' There have been incidences, but I
have always maintained my professionalism."
Leslie Simdorn, a Lincoln Douglas
debater from Aberdeen and current 'friend' of Gully's
said, "So far, my boyfriend has beat me twice,
but it's just luck. The third time is the charm."
As for the rival relationship, Simdorn said,
"Both teams won't seem to let us live it
down." The two seem unaffected.
Milbank's Kyra Tietjen, novice debate,
Joe Keller, Foreign extemp, Nancy Jones, policy
debate, and Amanda Schmidt, novice debate/domestic
debate, were happy to see sdpb.org at the tournament.
Keller likes to keep to his own team. He said,
"Only if there is an Egyptian road-kill match do
I get involved with other schools."
Vermillion's reigning State
"A" team champion debate coach, Peggy Dimock,
offers grand words of wisdom to last year's state
runner-up policy debater Jon Hoadley. Hoadley said,
"Mrs. Peggy "MVP" Dimock is definitely
coach to know for debate strategy." Mrs. Dimock's
assistant coach and husband, Jim Dimock has also been
known to lend a hand here and there.
Judge Justin Becker, and Madison
teammates AJ Severson, policy debate, Wayne Boose, LD
debate, Danielle 'the cheerleader' Cinancio, Brett
Kearin, policy debate, and Groton's Emily Sippel, LD
debate, take in a game of Risk while the 'Milbank Men
in Black', Tony Dahle, and Ryan Haugaard,oratory and
LD debate, look on. "Risk is a fun way to
pass the time, but debate is better," said
Becker, a former graduate of Madison. "We've been
trying to get rid of him (Becker) but he won't
leave." said Kearin.
Aberdeen coach Rachel Engel escapes
from the high school debate world around her. Engel
said, "I used to compete in high school. I started
judging two years ago then was asked to apply for an
opening." Engel now helps with the individual
events in which she once participated and LD debate.
Kaycee Bloodgood, novice debate, shows off the
tournament host team's Huron Tiger school spirit.
Yankton's Joe Cope, LD debate, said, " My team is
all competing, and there is noone I'd rather hang out
with than the Huron girls." Huron's Elizabeth
Tschetter, policy debate, Kari Brock, interp, Dani
Johanesen, National qualifier in LD debate, Takama
Kitadani, a foreign exchange student and
interpretation participant, (back) Jacqueline Langland,
Casey Bloodgood and Christina Cronin, interp, are ready
to press on to the next round. Kitadani said, "We
don't have interpretation or debate contests in Japan.
It is really fun."
Rapid City Central's David Nicketes, Gina Johnson and
Jennifer Mueller listen as Rapid City Steven's Anna
McNulty imparts a some debate wisdom.
Groton's Morgan McNickle, policy and dom. extemp,
Dusty Schley, policy debate and dom.extemp finalist,
Rachel Zaudtke policy or oratory, Tessa Hempel, policy
and oratory, Rachel Lewis, LD and for. extemp, and
Teresa Krueger, oratory. Zaudtke said, "This is
my first year participating. My English teacher
thought I had good argumentation skills, so I joined.
Debate is a good way to constructively argue without
getting into trouble. Plus, getting out of school on
Friday's is nice."
This group, Jason Tischler, Rapid City Central, Mark
Anderson, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, John Rapinchuck,
Watertown, and Mike Stolp also from Watertown had some
fun discussing the last round judged by a liberal
panel. Apparently they got to run a "freaky"
Milbank's Tammie Dyer, Groton's Nancy Jones and
Deuel's Lindsey Kjenstad lost count on lap 15.
Mitchell's Liz Brink and Roxy Hammond nab some privacy and
warmth. At state last year their friend Gracie was
caught asleep and drooling. The two wanted to avoid
that kind of public embarrassment, by hiding out.
Rapid City Steven's policy debate partners Brennan
Bilberry and Michael McNulty.
Rapid City Central's Yashreeka Huq amd Angela Terry.
Huq said, "The Central team deal with a major
change this year and I think our team adapted well. We
made finals and staged consistently. I expected us to
die for a year." Central's long-time coach Jim
Coleman retired and was replaced by Gina Johnson this
Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Nicole Buseman, policy and
dom. extemp, Joel Stjernholm, policy and for.extemp,
and Amanda Melham, policy and oratory. Stjernholm
said, "Our team has made finals in all of our ies
(individual events) and all 3 of our debate teams are
Groton's Teresa Krueger and Rachel Lewis crash out in
the theater. "We got bored sitting in the chairs
all day. They dropped oratory rounds and put all 7
contestants into finals, so I had nothing to do all
day," said Krueger. The finals in oratory are
scheduled for 10am.
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