The Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team won the Dec. 18 Wauseon Rotary Indian Invitational. Of 16 teams, the top five and their scores were Gahanna, 63; Notre Dame Academy, 60.5; Mason, 57.5; Maumee, 57.25; and Wauseon, 43.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team won the Dec. 18 Wauseon Rotary Indian Invitational. Of 16 teams, the top five and their scores were Gahanna, 63; Notre Dame Academy, 60.5; Mason, 57.5; Maumee, 57.25; and Wauseon, 43.

Gahanna students advancing out of the preliminary rounds and competing in the final round included seniors Gram Bowsher and Todd Ives, first in public forum debate; junior Jalen Carter, first in humorous interpretation; junior Anna Woodruff, second in oratorical interpretation; junior Sydney Smith, third in dramatic interpretation; juniors Nicole George and Graham Arledge, third in duo interpretation; junior Evan Schrader, third in oratorical interpretation; senior Lisa Miller, third in original oratory; senior Derek Cox, fourth in Lincoln Douglas debate; junior Daniel Stemen, fifth in dramatic interpretation; senior Matthew Bruns, fifth in student congress; juniors Rachel Johnson and Savannah St. John, fifth in duo interpretation; and sophomore Evren Gokcen, sixth in Lincoln Douglas debate.

Senior Maggie Kasavage also placed first in the consolation event of radio speaking.

"This was a great tournament to head into winter break," coach Lyle Linerode said. "We have had a good first two-thirds of the season, and the January tournaments will be a lot more competitive as we begin gearing up for state and national qualifiers in February."

January's schedule includes Liberty Benton on Jan. 8, Sylvania, Jan. 14-15, Notre Dame Academy, Jan. 22, and Mason, Jan. 29.

- Marla Kuhlman