DDF team members take first in public forum debate

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Jared Valentine and Henry Clark beat teammates Jackson Kaye and Carter Thomas in the final debate in Skagway last weekend. Valentine continued his first place record in duet acting with Brendon Roof. 

Kaye, Thomas, Valentine and Clark battled for the first place title in front of all debate participants. The resolve-or topic-of the debate was that the benefits of the US federal government use of offensive cyberoperations outweighs the harms. Ultimately, Valentine and Clark won and became the meets’ first place winners. 

“It was a lot more stressul than a regular debate,” said Valentine. “Not because they were necessarily better, but because of the bragging rights on the line. Either team would never let it go if they won. Henry and I haven’t abused the bragging rights yet, but it is nice to know we don’t have to hear about us losing either.” 

Thomas however, felt less stress for the upcoming debate. 

“This is the first time we’ve ever had two Kayhi teams in the final. There was a little less stress, because we have competed in class against each other. We knew their debating style beforehand.” 

Valentine’s first place title was an impressive accomplishment considering he had never performed a drama piece before. 

“I have never done a drama piece like that before,” Valentine said. “Brendon and I memorized it on the ferry over. We went in, improvved all the actions, and somehow took first overall, with a command performance.”  Valentine and his partner Brendon Roof performed the Kavanaugh Hearing skit from SNL.

The team spent the past month getting ready for the meet and all their hard work paid off. 

Of the members of the team, eleven placed in the top ten in at least one of the categories they competed in. 

Their next meet will take place on December 13 & 14. For more info on scoring for each event, visit the site below. 

https://kayhicurrent.com/2018/01/22/ddf-scoring-guide

Finalists

Public Forum Debate
1st Place- Henry Clark/Jared Valentine
2nd Place- Carter Thomas/Jackson Kaye
3rd Place- Brendan Roof/Nicole West
7th- Dametre Martin/Ashley Anzueto
9th – Francis Sherman/Phillip Smith

Individual Debate Speaker Points 
2nd- Henry Clark
3rd- Carter Thomas, Jared Valentine (tied)
4th- Jared Valentine
7th- Dametre Martin
8th- Jackson Kaye

Extemporaneous Commentary 
2nd – Henry Clark
4th- Nicole West

Extemporaneous Speaking 
5th- Brendan Roof
6th- Jackson Kaye
7th- Carter Thomas

Informative Speaking
3rd- Jackson Kaye
6th- Axel Hugo

Original Oratory
6th- Carter Thomas

Duet Acting
1st Place- Jared Valentine/Brendan Roof
4th Place- Braxton Zink/Dametre Martin

Duo Interpretation
5th Place- Erin Shea & Francis Sherman

Reader’s Theater
3rd- Nicole West, Ashley Anzueto, Dametre Martin, Philip Smith, Axel Hugo

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