WAYNE – District speech competition was held across the state in early March.
According to a release from head high school speech coach, Dwaine Spieker, for only the second time this century, the Wayne speech team is District Champion.
Wayne High won the NSAA District B-3 Speech Meet on Saturday, March 6 at Wayne State College. WHS finished with 168 points, 20 points more than runner-up Columbus Scotus, while sending seven events to the State Speech Meet on March 18 at Kearney High School.
Spieker said, “it was a proud day to be a Blue Devil. This senior class is the most successful class I have ever had as a coach, and they brought their best performances today, when it mattered most.”
Wayne’s other District Championship came in 2013. The team has been District Runner-Up seven times since Spieker took over as coach in 2000.
This year, Wayne had four individual District Champions: the Duet Acting team of Christopher Woerdemann and Dylan Anderson; Hannah Vick in Poetry; Christopher Woerdemann in Extemporaneous Speaking and Liam Spieker in Entertainment.
“This typifies what we’ve been seeing all season, and in fact, for four years now. The Class of 2021 saw immediate success as freshmen, and it’s continued through this season. They’re a competitive bunch, and I love it,” Spieker continued.
In Class B, any event finishing in the top three at District qualifies for State. Also qualifying for Kearney were the Duet Acting team of Hannah Vick and Brooklyn Bierbower, who finished third; Isaac Davis in Extemp.; and the Oral Interpretation of Drama team of Brooklyn Bierbower, Kaden Hopkins, Easton Blecke, Christopher Rutenbeck and Orion Spieker, who were District runners-up.
“Any time group events qualify for State, it makes the trip more fun,” Spieker said. We commonly qualify an OID for State, but qualifying two duets has literally never happened before.”
Also making finals and scoring points for the Wayne team were Ethan Tyson, who finished fifth in Entertainment; Kaden Hopkins, who finished fifth in Humorous and Isaac Davis, who finished fourth in Informative.
“We’re always grateful for the support of the Wayne community,” Spieker said.
The 2021 NSAA State Speech Championships will begin on Thursday, March 18 for Class B (Kearney High School – main floor) and Class C1 (Kearney High School – second floor). Class D1 (Kearney High School – main floor); Class D2 (Kearney High School – second floor) and Class C2 (Horizon Middle School) will be held on Friday, March 19 as Class A will be done virtually on Saturday, March 20.