MOUNT VERNON — For the first time ever, Mount Vernon High School will be represented in the national speech and debate contest to be held in Birmingham, Ala., in June — Stephen Rowe and Ben Cochran have qualified for the national match-up.
MVHS had a record number of entries qualifying for the state competition, said advisor Jeff Gottke. There were four entries in public forum and one in student congress.
“After six rounds of preliminary competition the team of Trent Grohe and Chelsea Kempton advanced to the second round with a record of 4-2 (38-14 for the year),” said Gottke. “They finished 16th (out of 64) overall. This is the best overall finish for a MV team at the state finals.”
The debate team also fielded a record number of team members this year at 33, and had five top 10 finishes in tournaments. Mount Vernon came in fourth overall at the Marshall University match and finished in first place in the debate only category. Another fourth place was earned at the match held here in Mount Vernon, and the team came in fifth at the Beavercreek tournament. Seventh- and eighth-place finishes came at Upper Arlington and Maumee, respectively.
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