By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
At district competition in North Platte Monday, the Chase County Schools (CCS) speech team made the finals in several areas, but no one qualified for state.
The state meet will be held in Kearney March 25.
The Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) team of Mitsy Cardoso, Rose Sullivan, Tagan Mays, Kadyn Milner and Emma Bauerle placed fifth; Kelly Christensen placed sixth in Poetry; Dawn Castle placed fourth in Entertainment Speaking; Hayley Vitosh placed fourth in Informative Speaking; and Bauerle placed sixth in Persuasive Speaking.
“I am extremely proud of all my students. They worked very hard this season,” said Coach Alex Rettele.
“While they perhaps did not get the outcome they were hoping for, they still should be extremely proud of how far they grew not only as speech contestants but also young adults,” she said
Rettele said she’ll miss the seniors next year, and wishes them success in the future.
She also said the team helped her in her first year as a coach, and also provided leadership for the underclassmen.
Prior to the district contest, the team competed in the Best of the West Meet in North Platte March 7, with the Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) team placing first. The team, which presented a spoof on Greek mythology, consisted of Cardoso, Sullivan, Bauerle, Mays and Milner.
In addition, Christensen placed sixth in honor finals, or 12th overall, in poetry.
SPVA competition was held March 9 in Grant, where CCS placed eighth overall. Bridgeport won the competition, Maxwell was second and Kimball placed third.
Individual CCS results were as follows:
Bauerle, fifth in Persuasive; Dawn Castle, sixth in Entertainment; Mindy Castle, second in Extemporaneous; Christensen, fifth in Poetry; and Jessica Hartman, fourth in both Entertainment and Serious Prose;
The team of Mays, Milner, Bauerle, Sullivan and Cardoso, with Christensen substituting for Cardoso later in the day, was second in OID, and Hayley Vitosh placed fourth in Informative Speaking.
“I was extremely pleased with the result of SPVA,” Coach Rettele said. “In every event that CCS had a student or students entered in, we had a finalist. This was the first time since our own meet that that happened.”
She said all the students “did a fabulous job representing their school at conference,” adding that their hard work and dedication showed.