Hempstead students take 3rd place at state debate tourney

L to R: Blake Hohmann, Donald Stanner, Bryan Keck
Photo: Julie Keck - Parent
Photo not part of TH article

Two Hempstead High School students placed third in a recent statewide debate tournament.

Sophomores Blake Hohmann and Bryan Keck garnered the high finish in public forum debate at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Debate Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Ankeny, according to Hempstead debate coach Don Stanner.

Hohmann and Keck competed on a team that debated the topic of whether Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.

They were among six Hempstead teams who competed at the state tournament.

Stanner said the third-place finish is the best ranking that Hempstead students have garnered in the 12 years he has coached the team.

“The time and effort that they put into it, the hours and hours outside of our practice time, is what really moved the needle,” he said.

TH Media
Source: Telegraph Herald
Dubuque, IA
Date: 01/11/2018 Page: 6B

Official Results IHSSA State Debate 2018
Riggleman Division Public Forum

NOTE: Results not published in TH article

Octo Finals

Daunte Thompson & Anna Nichols         (DM Lincoln)
Obsee Abbajabal & Parul Srivastava       (Johnston)
Emma Gilles & Natalie Harbin         (Hempstead)
Animesh Joshi & James Meng           (WDM Valley)
Akshaya Kumar & Taylor Siebert       (Johnston)
JJ Kapur & Carley Rieger               (WDM Valley)
Alyssa Broulliet & Jessica Wyman       (Centennial)
Dylan Smith & Sarah Morgan         (Roosevelt)

Quarter Finals

Elijah Wyant & Adelyn Treadway       (SE Polk)
Lillian Poulsen & Anna Correa             (WDM Valley)
Jimmy Le & Jack Lucas              (Johnston)
Prakhyath Bujimalla & Katherine Snyder       (Johnston)

Semi Finals

Blake Hohmann & Bryan Keck       (Hempstead)


Close out three teams considered State Champions from Des Moines Roosevelt:
Sir Chilukuri & Sean Anderson, Ellie Konfrst & Sophia Gustafson,
and Logan Garland & Finn Andersen       (Roosevelt)

Official results posted at http://www.ihssa.org/riggleman2018.pdf

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