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Kenston hosts debate tournament

Kenston High School hosted a virtual tournament on Dec. 19 with 33 participating schools.

Kenston High School’s Samantha Stephens was crowned tournament champion in Congressional Debate.

From Kenston Middle School, going undefeated with a 4-0 record and placing third was Nathan Rolf in Extemporaneous Debate, debating topics as diverse as whether daylight savings time should be eliminated, to whether beauty pageants for children should be banned, or whether college athletes should be paid, and if the wall between the United States and Mexico should continue to be built. Kherington Swader placed second in Congressional Debate.

Also placing for KHS were Eden Truax, who came in fourth place in Declamation; Colin Varga who came in fifth place in Congressional Debate and Ella Jewell, who came in seventh place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate with a 3-1 record. The high school team placed sixth overall.

Also placing for KMS were Marin Carlson, who placed fourth in Declamation; Piper Noda, who placed fourth in Interpretation; and Kate Tobin, who placed seventh in Interpretation.

The team continues to prepare for the State Tournament, which will be held virtually in March.

Students place in essay contest

Students in Jeanine Domonkos’ eighth-grade creative writing classes participated in the Chardon VFW Auxiliary Post 6519’s “What Patriotism Means to Me” essay contest. Sara Studer earned first place honors, Jessica Brill received second place and Daniela Lioudis received third place recognition.

Junior named production finalist

Kenston High School junior Zoe Doyle was named a national finalist in the public service announcement (PSA) category of the National Student Production Awards for “How to Avoid Phishing Scams,” a piece she created in her digital media class.

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