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Bryson Hone takes fourth place in Speech and Debate

Apr 14, 2023 09:10AM ● By Ethan Hoffmann 

Once again the local Hone family has shown their prowess in speech and debate! On March 17-18, Bryson Hone, a freshman at Morgan High School, attended a state competition. The event took place at Ogden High School and Hone took fourth place in impromptu. 

For an impromptu speech, contestants are given exactly seven minutes to create and prepare to deliver a five-minute speech on a topic that is given to them on the spot. According to, “an impromptu speech is given with little or no preparation, yet almost always with some advance knowledge on the topic. This is sometimes referred to as ‘off the cuff’ or ‘spur of the moment’.” 

“Debate this year has been really good for all the kids on the team,” said Lisa Hone, Bryson’s mother. “We’ve seen some real growth from each participant. They are more confident and at ease in front of crowds. We are really pleased with how well they did this year.!” 

In total, Bryson had to give four speeches in order to achieve this award. At the competition, Bryson gave speeches on a variety of random topics; each topic was completely different from the others which provided quite a challenge for the students. The topics he covered at the competition were everything from Mahatma Gandhi to terrorism. “I finally learned how to talk to strangers,” commented Bryson. “Now all I have to do is learn how to talk to girls.” λ

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