Category Archives: DDF

Debate does well in Sitka

Four Kayhi debaters place in the top three in three events this past weekend in Sitka. Arick Mattson took first in HumorousInterpreation, Frances Barry placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Piper Cooper and Chris Brown (5-1) placed third in the Public Forum Debate.
Coach David Mitchell was very pleased with the Kayhi’s performance. Kayhi debaters took 12 of the top 20 speaker points spots.
“There was nothing in the preparation or performance that was at fault,” said Mitchell. “Sometimes it is just the luck of the draw regarding the match-ups and the judging. By the third meet everyone knows what they are doing and there is less separation between the top spots.”
The next meet will be hosted by Kayhi on Jan. 19.

Public Forum Debate
3rd: Chris Brown & Piper Cooper (Won 5, lost 1)
9th: Meriel English & Brendan Roof
10th: Frances Barry & Madyson Traudt

PFD Speaker Points
3rd Piper Cooper
4th Madyson Traudt
7th Henry Clark
9th Chris Brown
10th Thomas Brooks
10th Raevyn Goodson

Humorous Interpretation
Arick Mattson 1st

Extemporaneous Speaking
Frances Barry 2nd
Thomas Brooks 4th
Seth Chernick 5th

Expository Speaking
Chris Brown 4th

Kayhi Debate goes to Sitka

The Kayhi Debate team will travel to Sitka today to compete in their third regional meet of the season. Ketchikan will be competing against six other teams including Haines and Skagway.
The resolve that will be debated is whether or not NCAA student-athletes should be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Competing Schools
-Mt. Edgecumbe
-Thunder Mtn.


Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi placed first in two events, and made it to the final debate this past weekend in Skagway. Co-captain Piper Cooper and senior debater Arick Mattson placed first in Original Oration and Humorous Interpretation respectively.
Frances Barry and Chris Brown (5-1) took second in the final debate losing to Sitka. Co-captain Frances Barry believes she and her partner did well given the circumstances
“Chris and I had to argue the negative for the final debate, and we had never done at the meet,” said Barry. “Given that, I think we did a lot better than I expected at first.”
The next meet will be held in Sitka in December.

Speaker Points
3rd – Piper Cooper
6th – Madyson Traudt
7th – Thomas Brooks
9th – Frances Barry
10th – Chris Brown

Public Forum Debate
2nd – Frances Barry/Chris Brown (5-1)
3rd – Piper Cooper/Sam Winburn (5-1)
5th – Madyson Traudt/Thomas Brooks (4-2)
7th – Dametre Williams-Martin/Seth Chernick (4-2)
8th – Arick Mattson/Henry Clark (4-2)

Expository Speaking
3rd – Sam Winburn
4th – Dametre Williams-Martin
5th – Brendan Roof

Original Oration
1st- Piper Cooper

Humorous Interpretation
1st – Arick Mattson

Kayhi Debate travels to Skagway

The Kayhi Drama Debate and Forensics team is travelling to Skagway where they will compete in their second meet of the season.
Coach David Mitchell sees this as the first true meet for students to see how they compare to the competition
“The first meet is just training for the experienced and inexperienced debaters,” said Mitchell. “The second meet is our first competitive meet. They [the Kayhi debaters] know the mechanics and rules, now we see how they’ll compare against other people in the class and in southeast.”
Co-captain Frances Barry said she wants students to become more comfortable with DDF, all while expecting the team to improve.
“I’m hoping that everyone on the team gets out of their shell more,” said Barry. “I’m sure speaker points will grow and I think our team average will go up. They have gained experience and will feel more confident in what they are doing.”


Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Nine of the Kayhi Drama, Debate, and Forensics members placed in the top three spots at the Juneau meet this past weekend.
“I think this was the highest we have scored regarding students’ speeches, drama pieces, and debate for a first meet, “ said coach Dave Mitchell. “I set the bar a little higher than usual, but we just have a very talented group of first year debaters. They learned a lot, had great attitudes and I was just very pleased.”
Arick Mattson, who took first place in overall speaking points was very pleased with the team’s performance as well.
“Kayhi dominated at this meet,“ said Mattson. “They [the first year members] did a lot better than everyone else in their first year. “

Speaker points
1st – Arick Mattson
3rd – Frances Barry
5th – Raevyn Goodson

Expository speaking
2nd – Sam Winburn
3rd – Dametre Williams-Martin
4th – Thomas Brooks

Extemporaneous commentary speaking
4th – Henry Clark
6th – Brandon Roof

Original Oration
1st – Piper Cooper
2nd – Raevyn Goodson
3rd – Madyson Traudt

Extemporaneous speaking
2nd – Piper Cooper
3rd (tie) – Frances Barry
3rd (tie) – Thomas Brooks
4th – Dametre Williams-Martin

Humorous interpretation
3rd – Arick Mattson

Readers Theatre
2nd – Arick Mattson, Seth Chernick, Meriel English, Henry Clark

Kayhi Debate Travels to Juneau

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Drama, Debate, and Forensics team is travelling to Thunder Mountain to compete in their first regional meet of the season on Friday.
Head Coach Dave Mitchell said he is looking forward for the first meet.
“The first meet is always unique in that it’s mostly focused for training and preparing first-year debate students in getting them knowledgeable, and making them comfortable with debate,” said Mitchell. “In terms of first year debate students, we just have a lot of really sharp kids who have joined. They will learn from the seniors and returning students, make some huge strides, and hopefully be able to compete at a high level by the end of the season.”
Co-captain, Frances Barry said she is looking forward to seeing the new members of the team see what DDF is all about.
“The first meet is always exciting. You go with all these first year students who don’t really know anything about DDF, and then they go and actually see what DDF is and what all the events are,” said Barry. “They also see how exhausting it is as well.”
Barry said she sees Kayhi maintaining their good performance from past seasons.
“I think we will continue our path in being one of the best overall teams in Southeast”

Kistler and Dossett, fourth in state for DDF

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Kayhi seniors Audrey Kistler and Luke Dossett placed 4th overall at the State Debate competition this past weekend, the highest placing for Kayhi.
Dossett said he wishes to have spent more time preparing younger debaters.
“I feel pleased with my own performance,” said Dossett. “I’m also grateful for how well my partner Audrey Kistler and I did. However, I wish I got to spend more time with the younger debaters preparing them for their later years in debate.”
Junior Madyson Traudt already looks to prepare for next year’s debate season.
“I think state went pretty well,” said Traudt. “Although our team didn’t place the highest, we all had a lot of fun and reached our personal bests.”

Meet Results
Kistler and Dossett placed 4th overall in debate.
Traudt and and junior Piper Cooper placed 5th overall in debate.
Juniors John Coss and Frances Barry were 2-2.
Dossett placed 6th in extemporaneous commentary.
Coss placed 8th in original oration.