WAYNE – With the speech season now in full swing for the Wayne Blue Devil Speakers, the first of six regular season competitions began this past weekend.
According to a release from head speech coach Dwaine Spieker, the Wayne varsity speech team secured a pair of third place results and a first place finish on Saturday.
Maiah Davis was awarded the top honor in Extemporaneous. Third place results came from the Duet Acting team of Easton Blecke and Ashton Brandow along with the Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) team of Kaden Hopkins, Orion Spieker, Easton Blecke, Ashton Brandow and Ethan Wibben.
During the JV competition, Wayne High placed first and secured three event champions.
Ceilus Ibarra in Poetry; Abi Hawthorne in Entertainment as well as the JV OID team of Brayden Woehler, Olivia Hanson, Yama Kantai, Ceilus Ibarra and Norah Armstrong.
The Duet of Maddie Franta and Aiden Cliff; Olivia Hanson, Informative and Alec Schaffer, Humorous Prose all finished second; Maddie Franta, Serious Prose and Abi Hawthorne, Extemporaneous both placed third while fourth place results came from Norah Armstrong, Poetry and Brayden Woeher, Entertainment. Coby Dickes, Persuasive and Alondra Vega, Serious Prose both came in fifth as Evan Allemann closed out in sixth, Informative.
The Wayne High speech team will next compete in the Boone Central Speech Invite on Saturday, January 22 from Albion.
Other competitions include the Hartington/HCC Speech Invite on Saturday January 29; Wayne State Classic Speech Invite on Saturday, February 5; Wisner-Pilger Speech Invite on Saturday, February 19 and Battle Creek Speech Invite on Saturday, February 26. WHS will be hosting a Speech Home Show on Friday, February 11 at the Wayne Jr/Sr High School Lecture Hall while the Mid State Speech Meet will be on Wednesday, February 23 hosted by Guardian Angels Central Catholic in West Point. NSAA State Speech is on Wednesday, March 16 in Kearney.