BHS Speech/Debate Receives Awards in District Tournament

BHS Speech/Debate Receives Awards in District Tournament

Feb 13, 2023


The Bettendorf High School Speech and Debate Team attended the East Iowa District Speech and Debate tournament at Waterloo West HS in Waterloo, IA. This tournament is the main way students qualify to attend the NSDA Nationals tournament held in June each year. Bettendorf has officially qualified a total of 10 students to attend the National tournament. They are:

  • Kimbree Callahan and Heath Leone - Duo Interpretation
  • Chris Edwards - Informative Speaking
  • Cata Fernandez - Original Oratory
  • Ava Holmes - Senate
  • Hailey Koch - Humorous Interpretation
  • Jason Lin - Informative Speaking
  • Max Rantilla - United States Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Charlie Silver - United States Extemporaneous Speaking
  • MaKaylee Wilson - Program Oral Interpretation


In addition to these 10 qualifying students, Bettendorf also had the following students listed as 1st or 2nd alternates in events. They include:

  • Zach Adams - 2nd Alt in International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Lauren Ballard - 2nd Alt in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Cata Fernandez - 2nd Alt in the House
  • Ava Holmes - 2nd Alt in United States Extemporaneous Speaking

BHS finished with a couple of school-level acknowledgments:

  • District Speech Sweepstakes - 1st Place
  • District Overall Sweepstakes - 2nd Place
  • District Congress Sweepstakes - 3rd Place