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COLTON - Saturday was the day that Colton-Pierrepont Central School hosted the forenscis teams from the area to conduct the final League Tournament of the 2013-2014 school year.

The competition had representatives from Brushton-Moira CS, Madrid-Waddington, Keene, Franklin Academy (Malone), Parishville-Hopkinton, Potsdam and host Colton-Pierrepont. These competitions were to win a full New York state bid the first week of April to the state tourney in Oneonta.

In the seventh and eighth grade events, there were Oratorical Declamation and Duo-Interpretation. Each event was well attended.

In Modified Declamatio, Parishville-Hopkinton’s Kaitlyn Wells placed sixth. Grace Rousell (C-P) and Cole Richards (C-P) tied for fourth place. Third place went to C-P’s Madeline Rousell. Brushton-Moira’s representative, Alexis Follett, grabbed second place, the silver medal. Alyssa Martin, Brushton-Moira, earned the points to receive the gold medal. Her first place was won by one point over Ms. Follett.

Modified Duo-Interpretation always provides the students and the judges a few laughs. Colton-Pierrepont’s Smith and Rousell garnered the points to earn sixth place. Team mates Rousell and LaShomb, placed fifth. Fourth place went to Colton-Pierrepont’s Wilson and Mckinley. The bronze medal for third place went to Mckinley and Richards. Second place and the silver medal, again by one mere point, went to Keene’s DeWalt and Woltner. The gold medal was earned by Colton_Pierrepont’s Morrill and Rousell. It was a good day for the Colton Colts in the modified categories.

Turning to the high school events, Duo-dramatic Performance saw one point separating each of the first two finalists and the second and third place finishers also.

Parishville-Hopkinton’s Nicole Ellis and Shawntell Courtney grabbed third place. Franklin Academy’s duo placed second. Taylor Shanty and Madison Crow won second place and with the silver medal came an invitation to the New York State Tournament. The first place winners, Liza Amirault and Brianne Joanette, also earned their gold medal and the invitation to Oneonta in April 2014.

Dramatic Performance was well-attended. There were 12 students participating in this category. Franklin Academy’s Jordyn Black placed sixth. Keene’s Evella Dalai grabbed fifth. Fourth went to Franklin Academy’s Taylor Shanty. Potsdam’s Corinne O’Brien eked out the bronze medal and third place over her contender from Malone. Peter Craig, Keene, fell just short of the first place numbers. He won second place. And first place and the gold medal went to Andrew Jenkins from Colton-Pierrepont.

Original Oratory had a very impressive registration, but when Saturday morning rolled around, many of these students were either ill or had a conflict with the tournament, so were not able to come.

Madrid-Waddington’s James Miller grabbed fourth place. Potsdam’s Anna DeRosa earned the third place plus an invitation to the state tourney. Another Sandstoner placed second. Deea Das spoke of the need for more mental health awareness and services. For her efforts at convincing the audience that change was needed. she earned second place. First place and the gold medal also went to a Potsdam student, Noah Chichester. His message involved the need to change the political protocols being used in our government.

Extemporaneous Oratory is an intimidating event. So, the numbers are usually small. On this day, fewer than usual students registered to compete in the event. Daniel Chichester won first place with a perfect score in all three rounds.

On the varsity side, three Potsdam Central students dropped out of the competition before they began in the morning. However, the remaining Sandstoner, Gwen Deuel, held Potsdam’s banner high in this competition. She won first place and an invitation to the state tourney.

Franklin Academy’s Jordyn Black grabbed third place. Keene’s Peter Craig, one point behind Gwen Deuel, earned the second place medal.

The final event of the day was in the debate arena. Lincoln-Douglas debate is a value debate and is quite challenging to the students. It took a tie- break protocol to determine who actually won the event. The gold medalist in this event was Potsdam’s Brian Timmerman. His greatest adversary was his team mate, Daniel Chichester. Daniel won second place. Third went to Franklin Academy’s Adelynn Murphy. Her team mate, Christian Benware, grabbed fourth and the third Huskie, Donovan Connolly, earned fifth spot.

The tournament of the day was won by Potsdam by a mere 16 points. With this victory it gives bragging rights to the Sandstoner team for completing an undefeated league schedule. Franklin Academy grabbed second place. Third went to Keene Central. Parishville-Hopkinton earned fourth place. Colton-Pierrepont placed fifth. Sixth went to Madrid-Waddington and Brushton-Moira gathered in seventh place.

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