Battle Mountain speech and debate team members are headed to the national meet

By Randy Wyrick

EDWARDS — Battle Mountain is a speech and debate school. Everyone else is just trying to keep up.A Battle Mountain speech and debater has qualified for the nationals three straight years. This year’s four-person contingent — Luke McKeever and Brooke Weller in duo interpretation, Hailea Stone in original oratory, and Sam Litt in informative speaking — is a record.It’s the first trip to nationals for all four, and hopefully not the last. They’re all back for coach Diane Wagener’s Battle Mountain team next year.Actions Speak Louder Than WordsHailea Stone is competing with original material about bullying, an issue that has …

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