Chase County speech team competes in virtual meet

Members of the Chase County Schools speech team participated virtually in the North Platte Blue and Gold Invite speech meet Saturday.
Twenty-six schools from Classes A through D participated with each staying in its own building.
The Blue and Gold meet is one of the largest meets Chase County will attend this year, CCS speech advisor Alex Schilke said.
“The competition really helps the Chase County speakers gain positive feedback that will help their performance grow,” she added.
Six students competed in the varsity division and two in novice for CCS.
Schilke said she was extremely pleased with her speakers.
“I was unsure how a virtual meet would go, but I was very pleased with how well it all went and how well my speakers handled this change,” Schilke said.
Senior Tegan Towns took part in varsity poetry and placed 19th out of 38.
In varsity serious speaking, sophomore Brayan Carazes placed 11th out of 36. In his first meet of the year, Schilke said Carazes showed a lot of improvement from last year.
Sophomores Annika McDaniel and Kobe Norman participated in varsity entertainment. McDaniel tied for 20th and Norman placed 25th.
Sophomore Kayla Chavira and freshman Iris Robles were 25th in varsity duets.
Brooke Schilke placed fourth in novice poetry and classmate Mason Tyerman placed fifth in novice extemporaneous in his first high school meet.
Schilke was very pleased with her freshman speakers.
“They have been practicing and trying to improve their presentations, and they received excellent feedback,” Schilke said.
The top 12 of each event received a medal in the varsity division, while the novice division gave medals to the top six performances.
Gothenburg finished first in the varsity division and Perkins County took the novice division crown.
CCS will not have any meets this week, but will take part virtually in the Best of the West 2, also hosted by North Platte on Feb. 24.


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