Members of the Sidney High School speech/drama/debate team are pictured. From left to right, back row: Corbin Steinbeisser, Kyle Pust, Madison Jasin, Gabby Juarez, Markalen Watson, Abby Kyhl, Wyatt Reid, Colten Dahl. From left to right, front row: Cedar Hovde, Garrett Dodds, Jade Emly, Kodi Schulz, Hayden Wiidanen, Kaileigh LaRoche.

The Sidney High School speech/drama/debate team continued its great start to the season by placing highly at the Custer County Invite on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Sidney competed against 16 other schools from Eastern Montana, and Sidney had high team and individual placers.

The drama team had a great finish, taking second place overall in the competition.

Individually, between the portions of the competition, over 10 Sidney competitors placed in the top 10.

Sidney had an especially strong showing in humorous theatre.

In that category, Garrett Dodds and Markalen Watson placed first, and Colten Dahl, Hayden Wiidanen and Kyle Pust placed seventh.

In the dramatic solo, Wyatt Reid placed third, and in pantomime, Jade Emly placed fifth.

Dodds and Watson teamed up with Kodi Schulz for classical theatre, in which the trio placed second.

The speech team also had some top 10 finishers at Custer County.

Abby Kyhl placed seventh in humorous oral interpretation, Gabby Juarez placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking and Colten Steinbeisser placed fifth in impromptu speaking.

One of the big changes for speech/drama/debate this year is the fact that unlike last year, teams are able to compete in-person.

As a result of this, Sidney is able to host a speech/drama/debate meet this year.

That meet is on Saturday, November 20. Sidney hosted the state earlier in 2021, but it was done virtually, so this is the first meet in awhile that Sidney has hosted in-person.

Before the season started, Gail Staffanson, the head coach of Sidney, said she was excited to be able to host a meet in-person this year.

Sidney had a good start to the season so far, as the Eagles competed in Billings to open the season on November 6.

Sidney competed against 28 other schools, spanning Class AA to Class C.

At that meet, Schulz, Kyhl, Watson, Dodds and Emly also placed in their respective events. Overall, the teams did well at Billings too.

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