Speech Team Has a Great Day!
Friday, Feb. 17th, was a good day for Plainview speech. The team stayed home to compete on their home court; enjoyed some hot-off-the-grill steak sandwiches from the concession stand, and also fared very well against some quality performances from eleven other participating teams (Stanton, Wausa, Ewing, Norfolk Catholic, Bloomfield, Winside, O'Neill St. Mary's, Elkhorn-Valley, Niobrara, Osmond, and Randolph.) Plainview Speechers earned 20 medals, which included first place in 8 of the 9 events at the varsity level. In the novice category, we earned 6 medals, including 3 first-place finishes. Champions at the Plainview Meet included: Kelsey Bonta, persuasive speaking; Cody Mosel, entertainment; Morgan Hall, informative; Kaytlyn Johnston, serious prose; Shelby Wattier, humorous prose; Heidi Orona, poetry; Sara Christiansen and Shelby, duet acting; and the OID team of Cherise Friedrich, Brittany White, Shelby Wattier, Cody Mosel, and Michael Moeller. Earning 2nd place medals were Briana Hamm, persuasive speaking and Cherise Friedrich, humorous prose. Bringing home 5th place medals were Sara Christansen in varsity poetry, and the OID team of Briana Hamm, Kaytlyn Johnston, Heidi Orona, Erika Neumann, and Kirsten Cattell. Morgan Hall earned a 6th place medal in varsity extemp, in her first time competing in that event. In novice competition, Jordan Mosel (informative) and Nicole White (humorous prose) were both individual champions. The novice OID team of Jordan, Nicole, Ashley Shaffer, Derick Mosel, and Colin Wright were also gold-medals winners. Meanwhile, Colin earned 3rd place and Derick 4th in entertainment. Tayler Diedrichsen was runner-up in poetry, and Ashley Shaffer was 3rd place in humorous prose. The team has had a solid start this season, as they brought home 14 medals from the Lutheran High Northeast meet last Friday, and 12 from the Wausa meet last Saturday. This week, they improved by not only earning more hardware, but by moving up the ranks in those final rounds, and laying claim to more gold and silver medals. On Saturday, they will travel to Atkinson to compete in the NENAC speech tournament, which will prove to be a highly competitive contest.