Rocky Fork Enterprise

Speech/debate team competes

The Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team competed at North Canton Hoover High School on Dec. 7.

Seniors Max Agranoff and Matthew Zianni placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in student congress.

Sophomore Caitlynn Davis placed fifth in impromptu speaking.

Overall Gahanna placed eighth out of 16 teams. The top three teams were Perry, Wooster and Cardinal Mooney.

The team then hosted the 14th annual Gahanna Rotary Speech and Debate Invitational Dec. 14.

Seniors Sedona Rosenberg and Zianni placed second in US Extemporaneous Speaking and congressional debate, respectively.

Senior Jennie McAndrew placed third in original oratory while senior Olivia Smith placed fifth in prose/poetry and Megan Ellsesser placed fifth in congressional debate.

Rounding out the top six were seniors Ross Candor and Stefn Sandberg in duo interpretation and Sarah Beavers in oratorical interpretation.

Overall Gahanna placed fourth out of 19 teams. The top six teams were Oakwood (96.6), Centerville (90.8), Mason (89.6), Gahanna Lincoln (78), Beavercreek (77.4), and Wauseon (69).

Other teams competing were Upper Arlington, Sylvania Southview, Boardman, Mount Vernon, Bexley, Notre Dame Academy, Dublin Jerome, Elgin, Princeton, Worthington Kilbourne, Marburn Academy, Bishop Ready and St. Francis DeSales.

Almost 300 students and more than 100 adults representing19 schools and three of Ohio's six speech districts attended.

January will be busy, with Middletown, Sylvania Northview/Southview, Wooster and Bexley all on the schedule. February will bring both state and national qualifiers.

The team is coached by speech and debate teacher Lyle Linerode, English teacher Kristen Juth, former competitor Evan Ecos, and volunteer Bruce Mann.