WAYNE – With state speech competition less than a week away, the Wayne High speech team recently competed in district action and had two events advance to the next round.
From Columbus Scotus High School in Columbus, the Blue Devil speech team took part in the B-3 District meet.
Columbus Scotus won the invite with 216 points while Pierce and Schuyler tied for second with 182 points. Wayne High finished fifth with 42 points.
The duet acting team of Brooklyn Bierbower and Kaden Hopkins placed third while the Oral Interpretation of Drama team of Kaden Hopkins, Orion Spieker, Easton Blecke, Ashton Brandow and Ethan Wibben also took third and both qualified for state.
Another district medalist came from Parker Kesting, sixth in Extemporaneous.
The 2022 NSAA State Speech Championships will take place from Wednesday, March 16 – Friday, March 18 at Kearney High School. Classes A/B will be on Wednesday, Classes C1/C2 on Thursday and Classes D1/D2 on Friday.
The top six entries advanced to the final round of competition at districts. In Class A, the top four performers in each event from each district qualified for state while Classes B, C1, C2, D1 and D2 had the top three performance advance to state.
Area state speech qualifiers:
Allen (D2-3 from Stuart): tied for sixth place team finish with 30 points. Brayden McCorkindale and Gabe Oleson (first in duet acting).
Emerson-Hubbard (D1-3 from Wausa): sixth place team finish with 36 points. No state qualifiers.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic (C2-2 from Bancroft-Rosalie): fifth place team finish with 76 points. Greta Wooldrik (first in entertainment); Sydney Hutchinson (third in informative) and Isabel Hass (third in serious prose).
Hartington Cedar Catholic (C2-3 from Hartington-Newcastle): fourth place team finish with 90 points. Grace Kleinschmit in two events (first in poetry and first in serious prose) and Elizabeth Rokusek (second in poetry).
Hartington-Newcastle (C2-3 from Hartington-Newcastle): second place team finish with 190 points. Dayton Sudbeck and Lane Heimes (first in duet acting); Bennet Sievers and Parker Hopping (second in duet acting); Cole Heimes (first in entertainment); Carson Jones (second in entertainment); Kenney Gotch (third in informative); OID team of Bennet Sievers, Carsen Hoping, Parker Hopping, Reece Morten and Turner Dendinger (first); OID team of Alivia Morten, Dayton Sudbeck, Jude Krie, Lane Hemies and Mani Lange (second); Jude Krie (second in humorous prose) and Reece Morten (second in serious prose).
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (C1-4 from Battle Creek): third place team finish with 152 points. OID team of Delaney Hall, Ella Hartung, Maddy Graham and Sarah Karnes (second); Izabella Kock (second in poetry) and Maddy Graham (first in serious prose).
Lutheran High Northeast (C2-3 from Hartington-Newcastle): seventh place team finish with 40 points. Esther Molina and Maddie Bryant (third in duet acting).
Norfolk Catholic (C1-4 from Battle Creek): sixth place team finish with 48 points. Alberto Cartela (first in poetry).
Norfolk High (A-1 from Lincoln Southwest): Finished third with 142 points. Pareena Ponniah (first in informative); OID team of Aaliyah Canchola, Abigail Chambers and Courtney Matthies (second); Aaliyah Canchola (fourth in serious prose) and Hailey Reitz (fourth in Program Oral Interpretation).
Pender (C2-2 from Bancroft-Rosalie): fourth place team finish with 140 points. Zachery Randall (first in extemporaneous); Caleb Kelly (second in extemporaneous) Alexis Bodlak in two events (third in poetry as well as second in serious prose) and Roxy Ekberg (second in persuasive).
Pierce (B-3 from Columbus Scotus): tied for second team finish with 182 points. Zach Price (second in entertainment); Shaw Zellmer (third in Extemporaneous); Brielle Unseld (second in informative); Bode Hoffman (third in informative); OID team of Brielle Unseld, Dalton Svoboda, Kaila Spieker, Nik Harvey and Zaylah Pfanstiel (second); Kaila Spieker (third in humorous prose); Chloey Cederburg (third in serious prose) and Larissa Meier (second in persuasive).
Ponca (C1-2 from Homer): fourth place team finish with 122 points. Grace Rooney and Kennedy Harding (second place duet acting); OID team of Abby Fernau, Brennan Beach, Brooklynn Lowe, Kennedy Harding and McKenna Hammer (first); OID team of Ally Schamp, Ashten Finseth, Cade Statema, Jillian Lawyer and Lexi Swick (second) and Zoe Kastning (third in humorous prose).
Randolph (D1-1 from Falls City Sacred Heart): fifth place team finish with 38 points. No state qualifiers.
Wakefield (C1-2 from Homer): fifth place team finish with 62 points. No state qualifiers.
West Point-Beemer (B-3 from Columbus Scotus): tied for seventh place team finish with 12 points. No state qualifiers.
Winside (D1-3 from Wausa): no results.
Wisner-Pilger (C2-2 from Bancroft-Rosalie): team champion with 184 points. Bryant Peck in two events (first in informative and first in poetry); OID team of Izzy Manning, Jose Ramirez, Karl Steinmeyer, Laura Kinnison and Lily Otten (third) and Gwen Donner (third in humorous prose).