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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 12, 2012 ourn, BY PATTI CARPENTER Speech and debate team coach Deb Fink couldn't be more pleased with how her students did at the 41st Annual Trapper Rendezvous Tournament for high schools held on the campus of Northwest Col- lege in Powell Jan. 6-7. The combined team includes students from both Lovell High School and Rocky Mountain High School. The highly competitive meet in Powell attracted Students from both Wyo- ming and Montana and, according to Fink, the Montana students had a "leg up" since their season started weeks before the season began in Wyoming. It was the fifth meet for most of the Montana stu- dents, the second meet for Wyoming students. "I was really pleased," said Fink. "We did really well with Montana being at the end of their season and this being only our second meet. I think we did really well." Randy Carter and Mesa Matthews made it to the semi-finals with their duet. The two performed their version of the chil- dren's book "The Magic Well," by Herman Mann. Their presentation lasted around nine minutes. "They (Montana) have different rules than we do," explained Matthews. "We aren't allowed to have both feet leave the ground and they are allowed to leap over people and jump more. They can also sing more than we can. So, PATH CARPENTER Speech and Debate team members Randy Carter, Mesa Matthews and Emily and Elizabeth Birkholz performed well at a speech and debate tournament held in Powell over the weekend. judges who don't know the rules might like their piece better because they can do more." Carter and Matthews expressed no regrets about the Wyoming rules. "We felt that we shouldn't be judged on singing," explained Cart- er, who is an accomplished singer. "This isn't a sing- ing contest; it's a speaking contest. It's not a contest of who can sing over who can't sing. It's about speak- ing." The Birkholz twins, Emily and Elizabeth, also made it to the semi-finals with their performance of a duet based on the Broad- way play "Wicked,', which is an adaptation from the classic children's book "The Wizard of Oz." It's a humorous piece set in a college atmosphere. "Since we're twins, we get along really well," said Elizabeth. "We really flow. Even the judges comment- ed on it." Emily also placed third in the poetry competition reading the poetry "For Eli" and "See through" written by human rights activist Andrea Gibson. "When I performed these at our first meet, they sounded kind of angry and yelling," said Birkholz. "I decided in this meet to play the role in a different way, more like a concerned person reading to a kid." Birkholz said she was exhausted after several readings of such an emo- tional topic. Like others, she performed her piece be- fore a different set of judg- es each time. "If you don't present something like this with your whole heart and soul it's going to come off as phony," she explained. "So, you do physically feel tired afterward. My piece was eight minutes and 45 sec- onds. That's a long time to be emotional like that." Birkholz was surprised when she made it to the final round. She wasn't expecting to do so well against so many other good pieces she saw performed at the semi:final stage of the competition. "I was really surprised because I saw so many good pieces that were presented in a way that was so taste- ful and well-done," said Birkholz, "I think every- one on that stage deserved to be there. The pieces that took first and second place where phenomenal." Freshman Cole Moncur made it to within one point of semi-finals. This is Mon- cur's first year on the team. He used the words from three songs about drug ad- diction and the effect it has on relationships in the po- etry division. "I knew it was a com- petitive meet. I knew I had to bring my end game," said Moncur. Moncur performed his piece, which lasted six min- utes, for three rounds. Al- though this is only his first year in the program, he feels it has been a valuable experience so far. "I don't think you'll find many speech kids mum- bling or being afraid to go up in front of a class to read a report or anything like that," said Moncur. "I think it helps in your ev- eryday life to be part of this." The team will com- pete at a meet in Worland on Jan. 20-21. Fink thinks this will be a less competi- tive meet than the one in Powell and expects to see her students do well. "The schools will all be on the same level," ex- plained Fink. "We will all be on our third or fourth meet and the rules will be the same across the board because it will only be Wy- oming schools. It will be a level playing field." 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