Written by The Wolf Point Herald
The Wolf Point High School speech team competed at the 2013 Eastern B/C Speech and Drama Divisional Tournament in Culbertson on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19. Contestants from 15 schools competed in hopes of qualifying for the state tournament, which will be held at Huntley Project, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26.
At the divisional tournament, speech contestants compete in four preliminary rounds. After eliminating the lowest score, the contestants’ top three preliminary scores are used to determine qualification for the semi-final round.
In the semi-final round, there are three judges. Those three semi-final scores are then added to the contestants’ three preliminary scores. That subtotal of six scores determines who advances to finals and the chance to compete at state.
In the final round, again, there are three judges. Those three final scores are added to the three preliminary and three semi-final scores. The grand total of nine scores determines the contestant’s placement for the state tournament.
Competing in the serious oral interpretation event were freshman Kristen Horsmon and sophomore Tyleen Black Cloud.
Since the first meet, Horsmon dramatically improved her standing at every meet. In the preliminary rounds, she scored second, third, third and first. After dropping the lowest score of third, she qualified for the semi-final round with a score of six.
At the beginning of the semi-final round, Horsmon was interrupted in the middle of her performance. Due to a mix-up with judges, she had to start her performance over. Despite the disruption, Horsmon scored sixth, second and first, scoring 15, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, she scored fifth, second and fourth, for a final score of 26. Horsmon took fifth place, advancing her to state.
Throughout the season, Black Cloud had been consistent with placing at the meets. However, she did not rank high enough to make the final rounds in those earlier meets.
Despite her disappointment, she didn’t give up. For two weeks prior to divisionals, Black Cloud put forth the effort to drastically improve her presentation. She “stunned” the competition in the preliminary rounds by scoring second, second, fifth and second. After dropping the lowest score of fifth, she qualified for the semi-final round with a score of six.
In the semi-final round, she scored fourth, fifth and third, scoring 18, qualifying her for finals. Black Cloud gave a solid performance in the final round. She scored seventh, sixth and eighth, for a final score of 39.
Black Cloud took eighth place, advancing her to state.
Competing in the humorous oral interpretation were freshman Devin Northington, junior Steven Remington and senior Ikaika Edmundson.
In the preliminary rounds, Northington scored third, sixth, sixth and second. After dropping the lowest score of sixth, he qualified for the semi-final round with a score of 10.
In the semi-final round, he scored eighth, sixth and fifth, scoring 29. Despite the close placing, Northington did not qualify for finals.
Edmundson scored fourth, first, first and second in the preliminary rounds. After dropping the lowest score of fourth, he qualified for the semi-final round with a score of four.
In the semi-final round, he scored second, third and eighth, scoring 17, which qualified him for finals. In the final round, he scored fourth, fifth and eighth, for a final score of 34.
Edmundson took sixth place, advancing him to state.
Another surprise for the competition was Remington. In the preliminary rounds, he scored third, first, first and first. After dropping the lowest score of third, he qualified for the semi-final round with a score of three.
In the semi-final round, he scored third, first and third, scoring 10, qualifying him for finals. The team referred to Remington as “feeling the mojo juice” during the final round. He scored second, first and third, for a final score of 16.
Remington took first place, making him the Eastern B Divisional champion in humorous oral interpretation. He will be in a great position going into the state tournament.
“The Wolves made quite an impact on their competition this past weekend,” said coach Chelly Harada. “I am so proud of the speech team, especially Tyleen Black Cloud. She set a goal for herself and she came out on top. Horsmon and Edmundson were great throughout the season. Despite facing tough competition right out of the chute at state, I am confident they will prevail. Remington placed at both ends of the spectrum throughout the season. His relaxed and fun presentation definitely made him stand out from the competition. Northington held his own against some serious competition at divisionals. This year was a great starting point for him. He will go far in the upcoming years. The team devoted themselves to their event and worked hard. It showed during competition. I am excited to see how the Wolves fare at state!”
Harada expressed her appreciation to those who attended the public performance on Thursday.
The students also appreciated the Wolf Point Police Department for leading the team out of town on Friday. The police department’s support was a much needed boost for the team, said Harada.