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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

DDF Heads to Skagway

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Drama,  Debate and Forensics team is headed to Skagway this Thursday to compete against Sitka, Juneau (JDHS and TMHS), Petersburg, Skagway, and Haines. Senior captain Carter Thomas is looking forward to this weekend in Skagway.

“We have a very talented team and I think that we will do very good this weekend individually and as a team,” said Thomas. 

The team will compete all day Friday and Saturday. 

DDF 2nd, ACDC 4th at State

Kayhi’s Debate, Drama, and Forensics team finished 2nd in the state tournament in Anchorage this weekend.
DDF’s highest finisher was the team of Jackson Kaye and Henry Clark, who placed 2nd overall out of 40 teams in Public Forum Debate.
“We lost in the final debate by a 3-4 decision,” said Kaye. “Despite being so close, it was a really successful weekend and I’m happy where we finished considering all the hard work we’ve done this season.”

ASAA State DDF Results
Team Debate Sweepstakes- Large School: 2nd Place
Public Forum Debate:
2nd Place- Henry Clark & Jackson Kaye (Lost final on a 4-3 judge vote)
Quarter Finalists (tied 5th place): Abbigail Gaugler and Jacob King, Seth Chernick and Nicole West
3-2 Record: Brendan Roof and Carter Thomas
3-2 Record: Jared Valentine and Chris Brown

Speaker Points:
1st Brendan Roof,
3rd Chris Brown,
5th Henry Clark

Original Oratory:
9th Place- Carter Thomas
11th Place- Dametre Martin

Informative Speaking:
12th Place- Abbigail Gaugler

Domestic Extemporaneous:
11th- Brendan Roof

Foreign Extemporaneous:
10th- Chris Brown

Extemporaneous Commentary:
4th- Henry Clark
8th- Nicole West

Reader’s Theater
7th- Seth Chernick, Brendan Roof, Jared Valentine, Henry Clark

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Kayhi’s Academic Decathlon (ACDC) team finished 4th overall out of 14 schools in Anchorage over the weekend. They also finished 2nd in the super quiz.
“It was a good weekend for us,” said Senior John Luke Calderon “We were happy with how we performed and it was a good feeling ending my last year on a positive note.”
The subject over the state meet was “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.”
The competition was over two days, made up of 10 tests covering literature, art, science, music, social science, mathematics, and economics.

Evelyn Nutt:  Bronze – Essay
John Luke Calderon: Bronze – Interview
Phillip Smith: Gold – Interview
Dan Neufeldt: Gold – Science, Gold – Interview
Mackenzie Fousel: Bronze – Economics, Bronze – Science, Silver – Art, Silver – Social Science, Gold – Music

Academic Athletes Head To State

Debate
The Kayhi Debate team will be traveling to Anchorage this Friday for the state meet.
The resolve is the same topic the students had in January at the home meet, “Should the United States end its arm sales to Saudi Arabia?”
Junior Dametre Martin is feeling excited for state.
“It’s a combination of excitement and stress,” said Martin. “The excitement comes from being able to perform at a higher level, along with the stress that comes with all of the preparation.”

AC/DC
The AcDc team will be traveling to Anchorage this Friday to represent Kayhi in the state tournament.
Senior Dan Neufeldt spoke aboout his confidence in the upcoming tournament.
“I’m very confident that I can place high in my respective categories.” said Neufeldt, “I am a little stressed, but am prepared for whatever they throw at me.
Kayhi especially wants to place high at state so they can repeat last year’s national victory.
“I’m hoping that we pick this victory up at state, so we can advance to the national tournament,”said Senior Grant Dulay. “Winning the national tournament last year really showed the school that AcDc is something to care about.

NOSB
Kayhi’s National Ocean Science Bowl team (NOSB) will compete in the state level quiz and the Tsunami Bowl this weekend in Seward.
Kayhi’s NOSB team, The Saber-Toothed Salmon, are seeded 5th for the jeopardy style quiz.
The quiz is in two parts. Half is multiple choice, and the other are short answer questions.
Along with the questions, the team will present their 15 page research paper which will be tacked on to the teams final score.
Team co-captain Laura Sherrill said the questions are all related to the ocean.
“They have to do with policy, biology, chemistry, marine life, anything that pertains to the ocean,” said Sherrill.
The Tsunami Bowl will be held on Friday and Saturday

NOSB Members:
Laura Sherrill (Co-Captain)
Caity Pearson (Co-Captain)
Anne Coss
Remi Howe
Talisa McKinley



Debate performs well at Edgecumbe

Kayhi had a successful meet last weekend in Mt. Edgecumbe in their third meet of the year. DDF teacher David Mitchel commented on how well the students did.
“This was a great meet, and some of the best student performances I’ve seen all year,” said Mitchel. “The students are doing great and will be ready for their next meet.”
Senior and DDF Captain Seth Chernick placed higher than ever this past weekend.
“I was really proud with how I did this meet,” said Chernick. “I was not expecting to do as well as I did.”
The next meet will be a home meet in Kayhi in January.

Public Forum Debate

Teams-
2nd-Henry Clark & Seth Chernick: 6-1 Record
3rd– Chris Brown & Jared Valentine: 5-1 Record
4th– Jackson Kaye & Savannah Nieshe: 5-1 Record
8th– Dametre Martin & Jacob King: 3-3 Record

Also 3-3 Record: Brendan Roof & Erin Shea, and Carter Thomas & Abbigail Gaugler

Speaker Points
4th– Jared Valentine
5th– Henry Clark
6th– Chris Brown
9th– Jacob King
11- Jackson Kaye
14- Dametre Martin
19th– Brendan Roof
19th– Seth Chernick
19th– Erin Shea
Out of 48 debaters

Forensics
Extemporaneous Commentary

1st-     Jared Valentine
2nd-     Savannah Nieshe
3rd-     Henry Clark
4th-     Tristan Dahl
5th-     Nicole West

Extemporaneous Speaking

4th-  Carter Thomas
5th-  Chris Brown

Expository Speaking

1st-     Abbigail Gaugler
3rd-     Chris Brown
4th-     Jared Valentine

Original Oratory

4th     Carter Thomas
5th     Jacob King

Drama

Humorous Interpretation

3rd– Seth Chernick
5th-Ethan Thomas

Reader’s Theater

2nd- Seth Chernick, Henry Clark, Jared Valentine, Brendan Roof

Debate travels to Sitka

DDF is headed to Sitka to take on Mt. Edgecumbe this Friday. This is Kayhi’s second debate trip of the year. The upcoming resolve will be about whether or not a tax would be the best way to reduce single use plastics for the state of Alaska.
DDF Co-Captain Seth Chernick says he is excited to return to Sitka.
“I love competing in Sitka against Mt. Edgecumbe,” said Chernick. “It’s one of my favorite places to visit. The people there are really nice.
Kayhi will be hosting the next DDF meet in January 2019.

 

Debate performs well in Juneau

Logan Ohmer
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Debate team traveled to Juneau for there 2nd meet of the year. Senior Chris Brown placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Coach Dave Mitchel was very impressed with the students this meet.
Overall, the students performed very well and improved a great deal from the first meet,¨ Mitchel said. “They only had 3 weeks of turnaround between meet, and with a new debate topic, speech, and drama pieces recited by memory, they were very busy.¨
Many of the DDF students agree that this was the most important debate meet of the season.
“This meet was really important for two big reasons,” Junior Dametre Martin said. “It’s the first meet in which everybody had memorized pieces and was working on their performance as well as it was the first meet to actually scope out the competition in your events.”
“All the Kayhi DDF students stepped up to the challenge and have really worked hard to be prepared for this meet,¨ said Mitchel. ¨I was pleased with the effort, and our improvement overall.”
The Kayhi DDF team will travel to Sitka for their next meet in December.

Debate Scoring Guide

Public Forum Debate
Speaker Points:
2nd- Chris Brown
 5th- Henry Clark
9th- Jared Valentine

Reader’s Theater
4th- Seth Chernick, Henry Clark, Tristan Dahl, Brendan Roof

Expository Speaking
4th- Jared Valentine
6th- Abby Gaugler

Original Oration
2nd- Chris Brown
3rd- Carter Thomas

Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Chris Brown
4th- Seth Chernick

Extemporaneous Commentary
4th- Henry Clark
7th- Tristan Dahl