Brunswick High School junior Lancelot Naipier- Kane recently finished first in Original Works at a speech and debate tournament at Maranacook High School in Readfield.

Naipier-Kane won for his original 9-minute hybrid memoir-poem “Miss-Fit:”

“I’ll snap you like a twig they told me. As if I was some ragged sapling made to bend to their vocal wind. No. Right now I would plant my roots, and grow against this hurricane. Winds from every direction trying to topple me over, but I had the will to hold fast to the soil, clinging on for my life. I was done living up to some else’s standard,” an excerpt from the poem reads.

The winning work “is a memoir that flows into a poem that focuses on what it is to be like an underweight male American,” according to Naipier-Kane. “It confronts my struggles with bullying growing up because of it, and my challenge to accept who I am. It climaxes and finishes with a fast paced call-to-arms, to be who you are and accept that.”

Also at Maranacook:

— Brunswick senior Connor Lentz split four matches at the Lincoln Douglas varsity level competition while Logan Kaiser made his debut in Novice Debate.

— Jason Higginbotham, Shane Lyons, Keegan Arnold and Connor Flotten competed in Public Forum.

— Chase Tobey entered both Novice Prose and Humorous Interpretation categories, while Jordan Coffin presented an Original Works speech.

— Anna Deck received an honorable mention for her efforts in Novice Prose.

The speech and debate team is coached by

Kris Deveau, Madeline Davis, and Rick Wilson coach the speech and debate team, which will compete Nov. 23-24 at Bates College in Lewiston, and will host a tournament at Brunswick High School on Dec. 14.

Community volunteers are needed to judge the competition and organize meals for 300 attending competitors and judges.

Anyone interested can contact Wilson at [email protected]

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