LAHS Hilltalkers Win State Championships!

For the sixth year in a row, LAHS ‘Hilltalkers’ Speech and Debate team earns the Excellence Award for outstanding performance in Speech and Debate at the state championships. Courtesy/LAHS

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For the sixth year in a row, the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Hilltalkers earned the New Mexico Speech and Debate School of Excellence Award for outstanding performance in Speech and Debate events at the 2021 New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championships.

“I am so proud of our team,” Coach Margo Batha said. “They have done a phenomenal job the entire season competing in a virtual format. From the comfort of our homes, we’ve traveled to competitions at Glenbrooks North and South High Schools in Illinois, Harvard, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas, Austin to compete with the top Speech and Debate students in the nation. We’ve also competed at every competition offered in New Mexico.” 

Students who competed in the state competition include: 

  • Yunseo Kim, 1st place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Emily Scott, 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Taylor Kanzleiter and Philippa Fung, 6th place in Duo Interpretation
  • Olivia Koo, 1st place in Informative Speaking
  • Philippa Fung, 2nd place in Informative Speaking
  • Elizabeth Frost, 4th place in Informative Speaking
  • Dana Roelofs, 4th place in International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Yunseo Kim, 1st place in Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Elizabeth Adams, 2nd place in Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Violet Henderson, Quarterfinalist, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Maximus Posada, 3rd place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Olivia Koo and Dana Roelofs, 2nd place, Varsity Policy Debate

Congratulations also are due to Hana Raby, Simon Lee, Ravijit Khalsa, Luke Favorite, Finley Inglis, Rylee Mechum, Keturah Sherrill, Shena Han and Brian Han for their strong performances at State.

LAMS ‘Hawktalkers’ Speech and Debate team wins a Debate School of Honor Award. Courtesy/LAMS

In addition, the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers, coached by Sherri Bublitz, brought home a Debate School of Honor Award.

“We haven’t done that in years,” Bublitz said.

Middle school students competed against high school students in the competition. 

Eighth grader Uxue Sansinena was named State Champion in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Jonathan Chen and David Reichhardt were in the top eight in the state, making it to the quarterfinals in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

This year’s National tournaments will be held virtually in June. The High School Nationals Opening Ceremony will be held June 13, while the Middle School Showcase finalists will be announced on the same day.