MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville Speech and Debate students honored their former coach at this year’s annual Maryville Pride Lions Spoofhound Classic on Nov. 1-2.

Starting a new tradition, Mike Brown, MHS Speech and Debate coach, and the team created the Trudy Kinman Outstanding Coach Award to honor an “Outstanding Coach.” 

Named in honor all of Kinman’s hard work and dedication to the Speech and Debate team and Maryville High School students throughout the years, she was the first recipient. 

The tournament name also has been changed to incorporate her name. Next year’s tournament will be the Maryville Pride Lions & Kinman Classic. 

“This was a big surprise and such a nice honor,” Kinman said. “I am humbled.” 

The tournament featured 279 entries with 12 schools from Missouri and Nebraska attending. North Kansas City took home the Sweepstakes Award with Park Hill and Park Hill South placing second and third.

“The Spoofhound Speech and Debate team were honored to host teams from both Missouri and Nebraska at this year’s Maryville Pride Lions Spoofhound Classic,” said Brown. “The students worked hard and did a wonderful job.”

Maryville faculty and staff helped during the tournament, as well as, Trudy Kinman, assistant coach, Sam Ferris, Maryville alumni, and Maryville community members.

“The tournament would not be possible without their help,” said Brown. “We look forward to hosting our tournament next year.”

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