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March 20, 2009 (La Mesa)—Helix Charter High School’s speech team has won the League Championship in a three-day tournament, earning its fourth League title in the past six years. Nineteen Helix students have qualified to compete at the California High School Speech Association State Tournament in Culver City at the end of April.

Nate Howard, a third-year speaker and senior at Helix, won two individual awards: the Joe Lagnese trophy, which is given to the competitor who amasses the most individual points over the three weekends of the tournament, and the Speaker of the Year award, which is presented to the speech competitor who earns the most points over the entire season based on participation and points earned at League tournaments. Sophomore and second-year speaker Nick Nguyen took third place in the competition for the Joe Lagnese award.

“We are in need of help with funding for this trip,” said speech and drama teacher Gregg Osborn, Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Helix. “Any donations would be welcomed.”

The team regained its championship from La Costa Canyon High School. “Many of these speakers have had a hand in two of those championships,” Osborn noted. “Our league encompasses all of San Diego and Imperial counties, so what these students have done is impressive.”

Complete results are as follows:

1st in DI: Julie Brown
1st in Duo: Taylor Chertkov & Maya Miesner
1st in Expos: Daniela Brady
1st in HI: Nick Nguyen
1st in OO: Elijah Sims
1st in OPP: Nate Howard
1st in TI: Nate Howard
2nd in HI: Stephanie Wilborn
2nd in OI: Nate Howard
2nd in OPP: Nick Nguyen
3rd in DI: Maya Miesner
3rd in Expos: Aubrey Asimos
3rd in OI: Maddie Rehm
3rd in OO: Nate Howard
3rd in TI: Sara Remmes
4th in OPP: Julie Brown
4th in TI: Elijah Sims
5th in DI: Elijah Sims
5th in Duo: Daniela Brady and Sara Remmes
5th in Expos: Sara Remmes
5th in OA: Maya Miesner
5th in OPP: Dominique Robinson
5th in TI: Maddie Rehm
6th in DI: Allizon Marez
6th in Duo: Aubrey Asimos & Channelle McNutt
6th in OA: Ashleigh Anderson
6th in OI: Channelle McNutt
6th in TI: Julie Brown
7th in DI: Taylor Chertkov
7th in HI: Dominique Robinson
7th in OA: Nick Nguyen
7th in TI: Aubrey Asimos
Semifinalist in DI: Ashleigh Anderson
Semifinalist in DI: Andrew Milholland
Semifinalist in Duo: Sara Aslagson-Sahar & Shayla Gavin-Futas
Semifinalist in Duo: Ashley Soto-Gonzalez & Jamie Trevino
Semifinalist in Expos: Alexis Aceves
Semifinalist in Expos: Tawsha Bonifaz
Semifinalist in Expos: Jamie Trevino
Semifinalist in HI: Ashleigh Anderson
Semifinalist in HI: Tawsha Bonifaz
Semifinalist in HI: Delaney Branger
Semifinalist in HI: Alex Mousavi
Semifinalist in HI: Ashley Soto-Gonzalez
Semifinalist in OA: Ashley Beamer
Semifinalist in OA: Maddie Rehm
Semifinalist in OI: Daniela Brady
Semifinalist in OI: Gabriel Garcia
Semifinalist in OI: Shayla Gavin-Futas
Semifinalist in OO: Taylor Chertkov
Semifinalist in OO: Allizon Marez
Semifinalist in OO: Dominique Robinson
Semifinalist in OPP: Gabriel Garcia
Semifinalist in OPP: Allizon Marez
Semifinalist in OPP: Evan Stromer
Semifinalist in TI: Ashley Beamer
Semifinalist in TI: Evan Stromer
Semifinalist in TI: Stephanie Wilborn

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Congratulations to the Helix Charter Speech Team

Great job!
It is a testament to the teachers and staff at Helix, that their students can compete successfully with much wealthier, and less diversified high schools.
However, I wonder if all of your speeches would have passed the muster of certain members of the Grossmont governing board.