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!