Hilo High School Sophomores Emma Laliberte and Bryn Wilcox took first place at the Hawaii State Forensic Championships held last Saturday on Oahu.
Organized by the Hawaii Speech League, this years championship tournament hosted eighteen schools competing in sixteen speech and debate events over a three day period. Hilo High School was the only public high school from the neighbor islands to attend the event held at Kamehameha and Punahou Schools on Oahu.
“We worked hard and it paid off,” said Bryn Wilcox. “I can’t believe we’re champions!” said Emma Laliberte. After judges announced their win the team received a standing ovation. On the flight home passengers cheered when the Hawaiian Airline pilot announced their victory on the loudspeaker.
Debate Coach and Emma’s father, Greg Laliberte, sees the win as an opportunity to attract more students to the debate club at Hilo High. He said, “we have a lot of talent at Hilo High. We are going to build on this momentum.” Interested students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to contact Coach Greg at Hilospeechanddebate@gmail.com to get involved.