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Battle Creek 2018

March 02, 2018

The Plainview Speech Team traveled to Battle Creek on Saturday, where they ended up with finalists in seven of the nine varsity events and a third place finish overall as a team. Eighteen teams—which ranged from Class B through Class D-2--brought their talented performers to compete. (Plainview is D-1 this year). 


Pierce won the contest with a score of 160 points; Boone Central was second with 120 points, and Plainview was just behind them in third with 112 points.

Both Austin Choat and Matthew Bonta earned a special award—being named one of the top 8 individuals in the entire meet who scored the most points for their team.  Bonta earned medals in both persuasive speaking and OID, and Austin earned two medals as well—in humorous prose and duet acting, with his partner Kylie Mosel.


Also, Plainview had two individual champions, which earned them one of Battle Creek’s famous “mugs”:  Austin Choat, in humorous prose; and Elizabeth Kment in informative speaking.

Just missing out on the mugs, but getting 2nd place medals:  our OID team of John Novicki, Matthew Bonta, Matt Hoffmann, Morgyn Christiansen, and Brittani Wacker; our duet of Austin and Kylie; and the same was true for Jordyn Anderson in Extemporaneous speaking.  Her finals round consisted of one individual from Boone Central, and the rest of her competition was from Pierce. She edged out all of the Bluejay extempers to earn a 2nd place medal.

Bonta ended up 4th place in persuasive speaking; the duet of Austin and Kylie ended up in 5th place, and AdeDamola Akinnigbagbe brought home a 6th place medal in poetry;


We had some JV members come home with some hardware as well:  Colton Choat, Jaxson Hoffman, and Riley Kaup earned 5th place in their OID.  And Colton also placed 5th in his individual event, humorous prose.


“Overall, it was a successful day, and we are very proud to measure up against some really great competition. I know we have a few members who were a little disappointed in the results, as they hoped (expected) to finish even stronger, but as always, we also have to accept the subjectivity of this activity.  Fortunately, we have some motivated, talented individuals who will continue to work hard toward reaching their goals.”


The team travels to Lutheran High Northeast on Friday, Feb. 23rd, then loads the bus again on Saturday (Feb. 24th) to head to Winside for the Lewis and Clark Conference Meet.  The meet on Friday begins at 8:00 am, but the one on Saturday starts at 9:00 AM (to allow a little extra time for all seventeen of the conference schools to make the trek.)


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