Image courtesy Ketchikan School District.

Last weekend, Ketchikan High School hosted a Southeast Region Debate, Drama and Forensics meet. Teams from Sitka, Juneau, and Skagway participated in the two-day event. The Haines team was snowed in and unable to attend.

According to Ketchikan High School coach David Mitchel, 103 community members volunteered to judge the competition. Twenty-three teams participated in debate, with a total of 46 debate participants. Several Kayhi students took first place. Chris Brown received the most debate speaker points, and Seth Chernick won drama, humorous interpretation.

Mitchel provided a list of Kayhi students and their scores. We have those details posted on our website at

The next meet is the State Championship, February 23rd and 24th in Anchorage.


Ketchikan High School Debate, Drama and Forensics student results:

Public Forum Debate (23 teams competed)

  • Brendan Roof and Carter Thomas took 3rd place.
  • Jacob King and Abby Gaugler placed 4th.
  • Chris Brown and Jared Valentine placed 6th.
  • Henry Clark and Jackson Kaye took 7th place.

Debate Speaker Points (46 competitors)

  • Chris Brown took 1st place.
  • Henry Clark and Jared Valentine tied for 3rd place.
  • Jacob King placed 7th.
  • Carter Thomas and Jackson Kaye tied for 9th place.

Forensics – Extemporaneous Commentary

  • Dametre Martin placed 4th.
  • Henry Clark placed 7th.
  • Nicole West took 9th place.

Forensics – Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Chris Brown placed 5th.
  • Jacob King took 6th place.
  • Carter Thomas placed 7th.

Forensics – Informative Speaking

  • Chris Brown placed 2nd.
  • Dametre Martin placed 4th.
  • Jared Valentine took 5th place.
  • Jackson Kaye placed 6th.

Forensics – Original Oration

  • Carter Thomas placed 2nd.
  • Anne Coss took 3rd place.
  • Jacob King placed 4th.

Drama – Humorous Interpretation

  • Seth Chermick placed 1st and gave a command performance.
  • Ethan Thomas placed 5th.


Drama – Duet Acting


  • Bella Roberts and Henry Clark took 5th place.
  • Dametre Martin & Nicole West placed 8th.