Carroll's Talking Saints compete in first in-person tourney in years, win awards

Megan Michelotti

Nine students from Carroll College’s speech and debate team the Talking Saints turned off their laptop cameras and went to Whitworth University in Spokane on Oct. 22-23 to compete in their first in-person in years.

They picked up four first place awards and a third place Sweepstakes award.

Coach Brent Northup stated the awards were “Quite a showing for a small group competing in their first in-person tournament in years” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

First year Paxton Sheppard from Rigby, Idaho, achieved a rare trifecta, winning three events, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and prose interpretation. Anna Brown, a sophomore from Olympia, Washington, won novice persuasion.

“It’s early, but it’s encouraging. I’m not sure what Paxton does for an encore,” said Northup.

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Two other Talking Saints won awards. Charlie Said, first year from Seattle, was third in novice prose, and Kaden Crozier of Kalispell reached finals in novice impromptu.

“It was such a fun experience to get to not only compete in person, but also interact with other competitors,” said Brown. “When I sat out in the hallway waiting for my speech, competitors just talked

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