By Sharon LaBonty
For The Courier 

Cream Of The Crop

Bridger Sanders Takes First In State Meet, Six Other Scotties Medal


Julie Sanders / For The Courier

Glasgow's Bridger Sanders (back middle), stands on the podium after taking first at the Class B-C State Speech, Drama & Debate Meet.

During the Awards Ceremony for the 2014 Class B-C State Speech, Drama & Debate Meet in the Glasgow High School gymnasium, Bridger Sanders was crowned the State Pantomime Champion.

Glasgow didn't stop with just one medal at the event as Rachel Sigmundsted finished second in Spontaneous Oral Interpretation. Kylie Cook and Hailey Stone took third and fourth place in Serious Solo. Ethan Jamba had a fourth place finish in Serious Oral Interpretation and Kat Greer and Sija Laffin finished fifth in the Serious Duo category.

Other Scotties that competed at this meet were Amanda Kesal who earned points for her team by making it to the semifinal competition in Serious Solo; Max Knodel in Original Oratory; Amber Omara in Humorous Oral Interpretation; Maria Morris in Spontaneous Oral Interpretation; and Machaela Cathy in Pantomime.

Coach John LaBonty said, "We are very proud of the Glasgow team, not only for the way they performed at State, but for the whole season. Everyone on our team worked very hard and it has been Sharon and my pleasure to coach such talented young men and women."

The LaBontys went on to say that the community of Glasgow was an amazing host to the over 300 competitors, 125 coaches, and parents from 50 schools from across Montana. The LaBontys, the coaching staff and team members expressed much appreciation to the community, especially the Chamber of Commerce, TBID, the Glasgow School System, and more than 150 individuals who volunteered to fill the 394 judging spots.

Winning their 31st consecutive Class B-C State Speech Championship was the team from Loyola / Sacred Heart of Missoula.


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