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Speakers at 2nd meet


The Haines Drama, Debate and Forensics team picked up steam at its second meet of the season, held at Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka Oct. 11-12.

One reader’s theater piece – performed by seniors Eli White and Zeke Frank and sophomores Dylan Grimes and Neil Little – went to finals, and finished sixth out of 11 teams. The piece, called “Pounding Nails into the Floor with my Head,” was a satire of many famous inspirational speeches.

The debate team, composed of White and Frank, also did well, with the two placing seventh overall of 23 teams. The topic was mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.

White also placed fourth and Frank placed 12th out of 46 students for overall speaker points.

Frank also participated in extemporaneous commentary, as did junior Rachel Haas. For “ex-com,” Frank said he had to give impromptu speeches on tradition and a quote by Socrates.

Frank said the Haines DDF team is still a little rusty, but everyone is improving. “I think we’re doing pretty well, especially with the limited amount of practice time we had with cross-country,” he said, referring to conflicts between cross-country and debate practice times and meets.

Junior Zayla Asquith-Heinz agreed. “We did alright. It is pretty early in the season, so a lot of our pieces are still being developed.”

Asquith-Heinz performed a duet acting piece with Little titled “Supreme Beings Create the World,” which is excerpted from the play “Parallel Lives.” The piece didn’t reach the finals, but Heinz said it’s already more polished than it was at the Sitka meet.

“We definitely developed it more character-wise since the last performance, so I think that will be an improvement. Our blocking is better developed, too,” she said.

The team’s next meet is in Wrangell Nov. 8-9.

 “There’s absolutely room to improve,” said coach Amanda Randles. “We’re headed in the right direction.”