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Howling Yotes successful at winter tournaments

The College of Idaho’s speech and debate team has a new coach and a host of new faces this year, but the Howling Yotes continue to hum along as one of the top collegiate programs in the Pacific Northwest.

Most recently, the Howling Yotes completed a busy winter term, competing at the Mile High Swing tournaments at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as well as the Scheller Invitational at Pacific University in Portland, Ore.

“I’m ecstatic about the way the team is coming together,” first-year C of I speech and debate director Kyle Cheesewright said. “We have a lot of young folks who are working really hard at getting acclimated to college-level forensics. They are doing a great job, and I think we are going to perform and excel in some pretty incredible ways over the next couple of years.”

At the Mile High Swing competition, the Howling Yotes were led by the parliamentary debate team of freshman Logan Dennis and sophomore Marabie Barck, who made it to the playoff debates and finished 33rd out of 98 teams while facing some of the toughest competition in the nation.

The C of I team racked up 11 individual awards at the Scheller Invitational. Freshmen Reanna Vanacore and Rachel Blach took first place as a junior duo interpretation team, junior Madai Montes finished third in program oral interpretation, senior Ana Sanchez and Blach placed fourth in junior impromptu speaking and junior dramatic interpretation, and sophomores Dalton Montgomery and Matthew Vraspir took sixth in open dramatic interpretation and open extemporaneous speaking. Juniors Ryan Mulvaney and Alixx Arons earned first and second speaker awards, respectively, in junior parliamentary debate, while Vraspir placed sixth and Sanchez ninth in individual public debate.

The Howling Yotes will take part in three more competitions this spring, beginning with a regional competition Feb. 21-23 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The season concludes March 20-23 with a national competition at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

For more information about speech and debate at The College of Idaho – including information on how to join the Howling Yotes – please contact Cheesewright at [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit