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Alamosa junior wins slot at national competition

Posted: Saturday, Mar 9th, 2013


Kate Taylor, Brandi Thompson, Austin Taylor, Nicole Lunt, Ariana Brunner, and Laura Owsley (foreground) celebrate after the National Forensic League National Qualifying meet. Kate Taylor poses with her national qualifying plaque at Pueblo West.


ALAMOSA — Six talented Alamosa High School students traveled to Pueblo West High School on Saturday to compete at the National Forensic League District Tournament. NFL Districts is also the qualifying meet for NFL Nationals.

At the end of the two days of competition, Alamosa junior Kate Taylor had secured a spot as a national qualifier in Original Oratory. “This is the first time in the school’s history that we’ve had a national qualifier,” said AHS Forensic coach, Ken Burt. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by Kate, not just this year, but over the last three years,” Burt continued. “But even more importantly than that, we never could have never positioned Kate for a win without the team- building we’ve done over the past several years. This is a process that began in earnest four years ago when Natalie Johnson was the first Alamosa student to ever compete at Nat. Quals. She did very well considering we had no idea what it would be like. Then the next year Josh Wehe went, and he did even a bit better. The truth is that, while Kate deserves tremendous credit, part of her success is a result of a can-do attitude that many members of our team now exhibit. Senior Austin Taylor added, “Seeing many people go through Forensics in my four years I have to say that this was the culmination of our team. Although the majority of us got knocked out of the competition about halfway through, Kate made it all the way. We all supported her in her rounds and she made it.”

When Kate goes to nationals this summer, she’ll be competing with and against hundreds of top students from all over the United States. “I’m excited to go! It’s a huge honor to be the first competitor from Alamosa to go to the National competition, and I want to do a good job representing our team,” says Taylor. “The kids who do speech and debate are among the best minds in their schools,” opined Burt. “They are recruited by the top colleges and universities, and they often choose careers that have a tremendously positive impact on our world. This activity is one of the most enriching things a student can do. I wish more schools in the Valley would join us in it.”

The five students besides Kate who competed at NFL Districts were: Ariana Brunner, Nicole Lunt, Laura Owsley, and Austin Taylor.












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