Koster, Duffe-Holmes, Patton, Mosley bound for Springfield
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Brentwood High School speech and debate team members Austin Koster and Jonathan Duffe-Holmes have each qualified for the state meet in three events. It’s the first time anybody from the school has been a state triple qualifier since the team was formed seven years ago, said coach Robyn Haug.
“In speech and debate, it is tough to qualify in just one event,” she said. “But to qualify in three events? It’s just insane. … [It’s] something I never thought I would see as a coach.”
Koster and Duffe-Holmes, both seniors, qualified for state by finishing first or second in four events at the MSHSAA District 4 meet on Feb. 27-28 at Parkway South High School. Other qualifiers are seniors Alex Patton and Da’Jah Mosley.
To qualify for state in an event, a student must place in either the top three or top four at district, depending on the event. The district comprises 46 high schools in the St. Louis area.
As a duo, Koster and Duffe-Holmes won in public forum debate and took second in duet acting. In addition, Koster won in U.S. extemporaneous speaking and Duffe-Holmes took second in international extemporaneous speaking.
“Austin and Jonathan entered three events at districts and qualified in all three,” said Haug. “Obviously the time, the Starbucks and the stress have been worth it.”
Patton won in humorous interpretation and Mosley took second in dramatic interpretation. Haug said Mosley did it by “working on her DI every spare minute for the last several weeks until she got it where it would qualify for state.”
The state meet, the 2015 MSHSAA Speech, Debate and Theatre Championships, will be held in Springfield on April 24-25.
Medals for Lucas, Cognac, Mosley
Brentwood won four additional medals at the district meet by making it to the final round. Senior Cierra Lucas took fourth in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Senior Remy Cognac, in his first season on the team, won seventh in poetry reading and eighth in storytelling. Mosley captured seventh in prose reading.
Senior Cole Mayfield and Junior Seamus Saunders didn’t medal but Haug said they helped their team by “taking out one of the top teams in the district in preliminary rounds and making it an easier road to state for all.”
Brentwood had state qualifiers in half of the 10 district events, eight students in the final round and three district champions.
“It was just an overall impressive showing from these amazing kids,” said Haug.