Another first for Mount Si Speech and Debate team

Mount Si High School’s speech and debate teams are having a stellar year, on the heels of last year’s successes which sent two students to national competition, where they placed both individually and as a team.

This year’s club, competing in the Jan. 10 and 11 competition at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, claimed three of the top four places after nearly 28 hours of competition. The team of juniors Ryan Hartman and Kevin Pusich took first, followed by seniors Duncan Deutsch and Christian Henriksen in third, and seniors Riley Dirks and Kevin McLaughlin in fourth.

Mount Si now has a district-record three teams with multiple state competition bids, and is one of a handful of schools with more than one team qualifying for the WIAA State Tournament in March.

Hartman and Pusich will travel to California in February to compete at Stanford University’s high school debate tournament. They have already qualified for the national Tournament of Champions in Kentucky this April.

Last year, Hartman and his now-graduated brother Andrew, competed in the Tournament of Champions and finished seventh in the public forum debate category.


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