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COVID-19 pandemic puts speech and debate online


Last updated 12/9/2020 at 11:40am

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The members of Havre High School's speech and debate team prepare Friday at the high school to compete at the first Class A tournament of the season, the weekend of Montana's first-ever online tournaments.

Havre High School Head Speech and Debate Coach Tim Leeds said his team, and the state entered a whole new world of competition last weekend.

The state held three speech, drama and debate tournaments Friday and Saturday, one for Class A, one for Class AA and one for Class BC, with all competition and judging done online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition had some difficulties with glitches and cutting in and out while competitors were talking, and some competitors - none from Havre - were having difficulty using the program provided by the National Speech and Debate Association...

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