Kent Denver's Speech & Debate team was in full competition mode over spring break, competing in the State tournament on March 22.  The Sun Devils entered the tournament with a 13-year streak of state championships, and they made it 14 in a row thanks to No. 1 finishes by junior Tucker Smidt in Poetry (Kent Denver's first title in this category) and seniors Danny Lovato and Bailey Walker in Duo Interpretation.
The team also had the most State finalists (eight) in the history of the program. Notable results include senior Hannah Monsour and junior Victoria Clark finishing 2nd in Duo Interpretation, senior Kayla Blessinger finishing 2nd in National Extemporaneous Speaking, seniors Chris Barry and Harry James taking 2nd in Policy Debate, senior Meg Stolberg finishing 3rd in Oratory, sophomore Noah Naiman finishing 4th in Drama, junior Tom Kourlis taking 5th in International Extemporaneous Speaking, and junior Zaria Nobel taking 8th in LD debate.
Coach Terry Rubin was thrilled with Kent Denver's great showing, but he was made even prouder when several officials told him that the Kent Denver students were the most polite and professional of the tournament. "I think that carries more weight than any awards," said Mr. Rubin. Congratulations to the entire team!
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In mid-November, the Kent Denver Robotics team attended the Berthoud Robotics Tournament in Loveland, which included 26 teams from across Colorado. Kent Denver's squad brought three robots and 13 students, including five middle school students and six first-time robotics students, and was supervised by coach Bryan Rich '06.

After a full day of competition, Kent Denver Robotics finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Driver Skills and in 1st and 2nd place for Programming Skills. Robot 3946W was the highest ranked of the Kent Denver teams in the morning, going for a win loss ratio of 4-1. Team 3946R (composed of KDS middle schoolers) was chosen to the second place alliance and won the tournament in the afternoon. The Kent Denver team took home the tournament’s top honor: The Excellence Award. Top design presentation, high ranking in the morning portion of the tournament, and the skills challenges are the major factors in attaining The Excellence Award.

This tournament marks the first time Kent Denver has won in Programming Skills, Drivers Skills or Excellence as well as the first time the team has brought home more than one trophy at a single event. Team 3946W is currently ranked 14th in the world in programming skills, while Team 3946R (middle school) is ranked 17th. The team is now gearing up for the next tournament in less than two weeks in Arvada. The students hope to improve all three robots and have another strong showing.
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