KEARNEY – Classes B and C1 opened the 2021 NSAA State Speech Championships throughout the day on Thursday, March 18.
From Kearney High School, Class B competition took place on the main floor while Class C1 was on the second floor.
Wayne High finished sixth in Class B as a team with 48 points. York was crowned as Class B state champion with 182 points, followed by Omaha Skutt Catholic in second with 108 points while Gering and Aurora both tallied 66 points and tied for third.
Liam Spieker was crowned state champion in Entertainment; Christopher Woerdemann finished third in Extemporaneous Speaking while the Oral Interpretation of Drama team of Brooklyn Bierbower, Kaden Hopkins, Easton Blecke, Christopher Rutenbeck and Orion Spieker took fifth.
The Duet Acting team of Christopher Woerdemann and Dylan Anderson also placed eighth while the Duet Acting team of Hannah Vick and Brooklyn Bierbower tied for 13th.
Other state qualifiers were Hannah Vick 12th in Poetry and Isaac Davis 14th Extemporaneous Speaking.
Class B results.
In Class C1, Malcolm recorded 104 points to win the team sweepstakes, followed by Crofton in runner-up with 90 points and Boone Central placed third with 82 points.
Class C1 results.
Other northeast Nebraska teams included Homer (T-sixth – 54 points), Wisner-Pilger (eighth – 50), O’Neill (T-12th – 20) and Battle Creek (T-19th – 10).
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.