Outstanding year for the speech and debate team.      

Butte Central’s dynamic duo of speech, Ethan Andersch and Hallie Kellicut, both placed in the State A Speech and Debate tournament in Sidney last week. In doing so, they each have qualified for the Montana West District National Qualifying meet in Missoula this weekend. 

The two-day event will be hosted at Sentinel High School. The top two finishers in each event will advance to the national speech and debate tournament in Phoenix, June 12-16.

Andersch placed fifth in both of his events, Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking, making this the second year he placed fifth in Impromptu. 

Kellicut, in her third year of Memorized Public Address, stood atop the podium, placing sixth.

The qualifying meet has no MPA event, so Kellicut will compete in Program Oral Interpretation, which is a similar event. 

“I’m scared but excited,” said Kellicut. “I’m excited to take my speaking to the next level.”

Andersch said confidently, “I’m ready for Missoula and for nationals.”

Head Coach Sabrina Holland-Kump is thrilled with the progress her team has made so far, saying, “Ethan and Hallie are the embodiment of what it takes to succeed in speech and debate. They work hard, have fun, inspire their teammates, and always do their absolute best. I know I speak for our entire Butte Central community when I say we could not be prouder of these two.”