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Winside Speech Meet

By Schindler, Tammy

February 08, 2016

       The Plainview Speech Team has kicked off their season with a solid start.  This year’s team has 26 members, which includes 2 seniors, 5 juniors, 11 sophomores, and 8 freshmen.  On Saturday, February 6th, the team traveled to Winside to compete against some perennial powerhouses.  It’s one of the few meets where all competitors are lumped into varsity competition; so there was no separate division or finals round for JV. This can be a real challenge for the less-experienced members, but Plainview fared well. 

            In fact, PHS ended up with 2 champions out of the nine events:  Nikki Mosel, a junior, won 1st place in informative speaking and Brittani Wacker, a sophomore, was a champion in persuasive speaking.  Matthew Bonta, also a sophomore, made earned a 4th place medal in persuasive speaking; and Autumn Ickler, a junior, earned a 5th place medal in poetry.   

            The following ended up in 7th place – Elle Kment (sophomore) in informative; Nathan (senior) and Austin Choat (sophomore) in duet acting.  And earning 8th place honors were Kylie Mosel (freshman) in varsity entertainment, and the OID team of Matt Hoffman, John Novicki, Matthew Bonta, Morgyn Christiansen, and Brittani Wacker (all sophomores).

            As a team, Plainview earned 5th place overall.

            Last week, the team traveled to Howells-Dodge for their initial outing of the season, where the following members came home with medals:  Brittani Wacker in persuasive speaking, Kylie Mosel, 3rd in JV entertainment speaking, and the OID team of Jake Lingenfelter, Brady Scott, Kylie Mosel, Jade Rickard, and Grace Hoffman.

            Next week, the team travels to Wausa, where again the young PHS team will face stiff competition from area teams who were state champions last year, and individuals who are returning state medalists.

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