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Raytown South Speech and Debate teams Division Champions.

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The Raytown South Speech and Debate teams are Suburban Conference Blue Division Champions.

First place finishers in individual speech events were: Constanza Castro, Lauren Douglas, Brandon Guzman, Amanda  Johnson, Alyssa Jones, Holly Sullivan, Jacob Summers, Paige Teeman, Hannah Unruh, and Matt Vanross.

David Dempsey and Bri Wesley won 3rd place medals. Gordon Casey, Brycen Hill, Ashtyn Lea, and Josh Williams all finished in the top 8 in speaking events.

First Team All-Conference selections in speech were: Lauren Douglas, Juan Rustin, Helene Slinker, Paige Teeman, and Hannah Unruh.

In debate events, the team of Sarah Owens and Helene Slinker, and the team of David Dempsey and Constanza Castro finished in first place, both going undefeated

Daniel Dodd, Brandon Jones, Megyn Payne, and Parker Simpson all placed in the top eight in debate events.

First team all-conference debaters are: Gordon Casey Alexis Hampton, Juan Rustin, Jacob Summers Sydni Turner, and Cody True.

The teams are coached by Maureen Woods and Kristy Hensley.

Raytown High Debate Team, 6th in Conference

blue jay bandRaytown High’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently competed in the White Division of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference Speech and Debate Tournament held at Oak Park High School in North Kansas City.

The team finished in sixth place, and Yermeya Bagunu received First Team All-Conference in Storytelling.

Second Team winners All-Conference were Romeo Bagunu in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Sarah Marshall in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Israel Hanke in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Tamela Hill in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Madie Hill in Original Oration, Alexis Hartenstein in Poetry Reading, Anisah Marshall in Storytelling, Romeo Bagunu with Doyne Dodd in Duo Interpretation, Aarnisha Howard with Anthony Roebuck in Public Forum Debate, and Lauren Lomax with Evalynn Lomax in Public Forum Debate.

The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

Raytown High Debate Team News

Raytown High’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently competed in two tournaments.

Returning debaters participated in one of the state’s largest varsity tournaments held at Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri.  Senior Tamela Hill, the only undefeated entry, placed 1st in the Championship Division of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Senior Sarah Holloway and Junior Israel Hanke placed 3rd in the Regular Division of Public Forum Debate

First-year debaters participated in the Patriot Novice Round Robin at Truman High School.  Freshman Isabella James placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation, Senior Anthony Roebuck and Sophomore Ashley Johnson placed 4th in Policy Forum Debate, Sophomore Anisah Marshall placed 6th in Storytelling, and Sophomore Jessica Madrid placed 6th in Prose Reading.

The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

Raytown High Speech & Debate team opens season

On October 17 and 18, first year students were at Winnetonka. Top finishers were: Jessica Madrid,  Semifinals of Dramatic Interpretation, and Blythany Locascio, 8th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Varsity debaters were at Park Hill, and top finishers were:  Katelyn McAlister, in Super Session of Student Congress, and Romeo Bagunu, 5th in Student Congress.

On October 31 and November 1, first year debaters competed at Grandview.  Top finishers there were: Madie Hill,15th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Allyson Behymer, 14th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Forensic students competed at Truman High School.  Top finishers there were:  Jessica Madrid, Semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation; Anisah Marshall, Semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation; Larissa Wilson, 4th in Storytelling; Isabella James, 3rd in Storytelling; and Anisah Marshall, 2nd in Storytelling.

On November 7 and 8, the Talking Blue Jays competed at the Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit North Invitational Tournament.  First year top finishers were: Isabella James and Larissa Wilson, Semifinals of Storytelling and James, Semifinals of Humorous Interpretation; Madie Hill, Semifinals of Original Oration and 2nd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Varsity top finishers were:  Doyne Dodd, Semifinals of Humorous Interpretation; Israel Hanke, Supersession of Student Congress, and Hanke with Tamela Hill, 1st in Public Forum Debate.

On November 14 and 15, the squads competed at the Raymore-Peculiar Invitational.Top finishers were: Yermeya Bagunu and Isabella James, Semifinals in Storytelling; Israel Hanke, Supersession of Student Congress; Blythany Locascio, 10th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Josh Beary, 9th in Lincoln- Douglas Debate; and Katelyn McAlister, 6th in Student Congress.  The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

Paige Keeton and Claire Robinson winning Raytown High Debate Team

Raytown High School Seniors Paige Keeton and Claire Robinson advanced to round nine of the Public Forum Debate at the National Forensic League Tournament hosted in Overland Park, Kansas.

In the competition that started with almost 300 entries, Keeton and Robinson finished as the top entry in the Kansas City area and ranked among the top 50 in the nation.  After finishing the Public Forum Debate, the pair also participated in the consolation event of Impromptu Speaking.  The event started with almost 500 entries and Keeton advanced to finish in the top 40.

Wrapping up an undefeated season, this was the pair’s second trip to nationals.

The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris

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Emma Givens has earned the National Forensic League Academic All-American Award

emmaRaytown High School Senior Emma Givens earned the National Forensic League Academic All-American Award.

The award goes to students involved in debate and forensics that have maintained at least a 3.7 GPA, earned a 28 or better on the ACT, have achieved the degree of Superior Distinction in the National Forensic League, and has demonstrated outstanding character and leadership.

Emma has been in the Raytown High Forensics program for four years and has participated in events ranging from Dramatic Interpretation to Original Oration.

Less than one half of one percent of all the students that participate in debate and forensics earn the award each year. Emma is Raytown High’s 17th Academic All-American since 2000.

Raytown High School’s debate competition results

The Raytown High School Talking Blue Jays Speech and Debate team attended the Show-Me District Individual Events Tournament on March 7 and 8. 

Lilly Rodriguez finished 7th in International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Paige Keeton finished 7th in United States Extemporaneous Speaking. 

Raytown High debators to compete in National Tournament

Raytown High School Seniors Paige Keeton and Claire Robinson will represent the Talking Bluejays debate team in the National Forensics League National Debate Tournament held June 15-20 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas.  This will be the pair’s second trip to nationals.

Wrapping up an undefeated season, Keeton and Robinson won first place in Public Forum Debate at the Show-Me District National Forensic League Debate Tournament held February 21 – March 1 at Missouri State University. 

“We began the year with endless excitement, and extremely high goals,” Keeton said.  “We accomplished what we set out to do, and I am able to look back on the year with pride.”

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The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris

Raytown High School’s Talking Bluejays debate team Win Big

Raytown High School’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently won the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference Tournament White Division Debate Championship. 

Students earning first team All-Conference honors were Sophomore Yermeya Bagunu in Storytelling; Senior Alexandria Clark with Junior Sarah Holloway in Public Forum Debate; Senior Emma Givens in Original Oration; Junior Tamela Hill in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Senior Paige Keeton in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Senior Paige Keeton with Senior Claire Robinson in Public Forum Debate; Senior Claire Robinson in Student Congress; and Senior Lilly Rodriguez with Sophomore Israel Hanke in Policy Debate.

Students earning second team All-Conference honors were Senior Derek Baska in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Senior Deja Bolton with Senior Derek Baska in Duo Interpretation and Policy Debate; Freshman Shekinah Carr in Prose Reading; Senior Maggie Dorsey with Junior Madison McLellan in Duo Interpretation; Senior Emma Givens in Dramatic Interpretation; Sophomore Israel Hanke in International Extemporaneous Speaking; Junior Alexis Hartenstein in Poetry Reading; Senior Paige Keeton in Original Oration; Senior Alex Montenegro in Student Congress; Senior Lilly Rodriguez in Poetry Reading.

The Talking Bluejays are sponsored by Mark Harris

Raytown High School debate results

The Raytown High School Varsity Speech and Debate team Blue Jays attended the Springfield Parkview Tournament on January 24 and 25th. Top finishers for RHS were Emma Givens, who reached Semifinals of Dramatic Interpretation, Claire Robinson, who advanced to the Supersession of Student Congress, and Tamela Hill, who finished 4th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. 

The novice debaters competed at TrumanHigh School.  Top finishers were:  Sebastian Mann, 7th place, Evalynn Lomax, 8th place, and Joshua Beary, 9th place all in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Shekinah Carr with Aarnisha Howard, 3rd place, Marissa Knorr with Zuri Martinez, 4th place, and Doyne Dodd with Jalessa Tayltor, 7th place, all in Public Forum Debate; Jordan Atkins with Israel Hanke, 2nd place in policy debate; Romeo Bagunu, 4th place in Storytelling, and Braden Best, 1st place in Humorous Interpretation.

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The Talking Blue Jays are coached by Mark Harris.

Raytown High School Debate Team Rocks

The Raytown High School (RHS) Debate and Forensics Squad has been ranked in the top 5% in the nation by the National Forensics League.  This marks the 14th time in the past 17 years that RHS’s Debate Squad has been ranked in the top 5-10%. 

“The District’s motto of ‘Expect the Exceptional’ is one that we take seriously as we prepare for our competitions, and we strive to leave a positive legacy for those that will follow,” Debate Teacher Mark Harris said.  “The banner that I have at the front of the classroom reads, ‘Championships are won with practice and preparation; the trophies are picked up at the tournament’.”

The annual ranking is given based on competitive and service related activities the students participate in throughout the year.  

Raytown High School Debate and Forensics Squad awards

The Raytown High School Debate and Forensics Squad honored student achievement at their annual awards banquet. 

Freshman Yermeya Bagunu was awarded Best Newcomer to the squad.  Best Novice Debater went to Freshman Katelyn McAlister, and Junior Magdalan Dorsey won Best Novice Forensic Student.  Junior Deja Bolton took home both the Most Improved Debater and Most Improved Forensic Student. 

The highest awards were presented to Junior Paige Keeton for Debater of the Year, Junior Emma Givens for Outstanding Forensic Student, and Senior Antonio Albor was awarded Top Trooper for his overall team contributions. 

“All of the winners, along with the entire debate and forensics squad, represented Raytown High with pride,” Raytown High Debate Teacher Mark Harris said

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Raytown South Speech and Debate teams results

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The Raytown and Raytown South Speech and Debate teams competed in the Missouri State Activities Association District Tournament held at William Chrisman High School on March 14 and 15.

 

The tournament, which does not divide the competition by size classifications, was one of the largest in the state, allowing the top four in each event to advance to the state tournament to be held at the University of Missouri in April.

 

Advancing to the State Tournament for Raytown High School are Paige Keeton in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, and Paige Keeton and Claire Robinson in Public Forum Debate.  Keeton and Robinson were the undefeated first place winners.  The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

 

Advancing to the State Tournament for Raytown South are David Easley and Michael Keightley who took first place in Policy Debate, and Alyssa Orchard and Jared Novack, who placed third in Policy Debate. The Cardinals are coached by Maureen Wood and Kristy Hensley.

 

Debaters will have an additional chance to qualify for Nationals in Student Congress on April 5 and 6.

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Talking Blue Jays Debate and Forensics team results

raytown_schoolsThe Raytown High School Talking Blue Jays Debate and Forensics team participated in the second half of the Show-Me District National Qualifying Tournament on March 8 and 9 at Blue SpringsHigh School. 

Emma Givens in Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation and Paige Keeton, Deja Bolton, and Derek Baska in United States Extemporaneous Speaking advanced to elimination rounds.

The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.