The Stratford speech, drama and debate teams ended 2017-2018 with a very successful campaign.

In the fall, the drama team, directed by Sam Caton and assisted by Catie Caton, took its one-act play, “Requiem,” to regional competition at Chandler and came back as the regional champion. Along with winning and qualifying for state, students Brandon Prine, Jojo Roberson and Lakelynn Anderson were chosen for the All-Star Cast. A few weeks later, Stratford went to the state competition at Mustang High School and placed sixth, with Jojo Roberson being awarded as Stratford’s first All-State Cast.

The speech and debate season added a couple of new areas, with a debate team coached by Paul Wilson and a full novice speech team. The novice team of Jesse Clark, Gianna Loboda, Genna Sliger, Jimmy Miller, Tommy Caretonuti, Tucker Maxwell, Rylee Balok, Kinley McGee, Bella Stonecipher, Brenda Norton, Olivia Norto and June Roberson competed in four tournaments and placed second in sweepstakes at the Marlow Tournament.

The high school speech team, coached by Sam and Catie Caton and debate coach Wilson, took home first at the Oologah Tournament and second at Seminole. March 16 and 17, the speech team competed at regionals and came away with third place in sweepstakes as a team.  

Placing at regionals and qualifying for state were Brandon Prine, first in humorous interpretation; Lakelynn Anderson, third and Robyn Ardery fifth in poetry; Jaxon Alberson/Russell Caton, second, and Brandon Prine/Jojo Roberson, third in humorous duet; Chasey Terry/Lakelynn Anderson, third, and Brandon Prine/Jojo Roberson, fourth in dramatic duet; Jojo Roberson, fourth in monologue; and Canaan Miller, fifth in Lincoln Douglass debate.

The state speech tournament took place April 5-7 at the University of Oklahoma. Out of the nine events that qualified for state, four of those events broke to finals, with all four placing in the top four in the state.

State results

• Brandon Prine, fourth in humorous duet.

• Lakelynn Anderson and Chasey Terry, fourth in dramatic duet.

• Brandon Prine and Jojo Roberson, third in dramatic duet.

• Brandon Prine and Jojo Roberson, state champions in humorous duet.

Prine and Roberson became All-Staters as well by becoming state champions. Overall it was a very strong year for the young third-year program.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.