Individual, team headed to state speech
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Calen Griffin and the Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) team of Rose Sullivan, Kelly Christensen, Claire Kuenne and Josie Peterson will represent the Chase County Schools speech team at state competition in Kearney this Thursday.
The five qualified at district competition in Gering March 20.
Griffin, who came in second in finals, will compete in extemporaneous speech. He will draw his current event topic at 7:30 a.m. CT, and will present his speech an hour later.
Griffin must give a five to seven minute speech, using the notes he compiled during his one-hour research.
The OID team is interpreting six short scenes from Monty Python. Their scene may last up to 15 minutes, with no costuming or props. Stools, chairs or performance boxes may be used.
The OID team placed third in its division in district finals.
Speech Coach Jill Bauerle had high hopes for the district meet, but “the speech beast reared its ugly head!” She said a number of students missed finals by one judging rank, including Emma Bauerle in entertainment speaking, Jessica Hartman in informative speaking and Tagan Mays and Kadyn Milner in duet acting.
Anna Bauerle was given fifth place in finals in persuasive speaking, while Andrea Hogsett placed sixth in finals in poetry.
Only the top three in each category in finals travel to state competition.
Others who competed March 20 included Hartman in entertainment speaking and Mindy Castle in extemporaneous speaking.
“I was especially proud of freshmen Dawn Castle (humorous prose) and Molly Luhrs (serious prose) who started late in the season, memorized their pieces and performed very well against tough competition,” Bauerle stated.