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Cernousek Places Third in Two Categories at State Speech in Kearney

Envick Competes in Serious Prose, Moore Competes in Informative Speaking

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Senior Jarod Cernousek competes in the Serious Prose category during the Holdrege Speech Meet early this year.

Senior Jarod Cernousek competes in the Serious Prose category during the Holdrege Speech Meet early this year.

Senior Jarod Cernousek competes in the Serious Prose category during the Holdrege Speech Meet early this year.


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After a long tough season, three HHS speech team members qualified for the NSAA State Speech Meet in Kearney. Speech Team members Jarod Cernousek, Amanda Envick and Maddie Moore qualified for the State Meet.

Jarod qualified in the Serious Prose and Humorous Prose categories, while  Amanda Envick qualified in Serious Prose and Maddie Moore qualified with her Informative Speaking entry.

Each preliminary round starts with around 20 speakers and is narrowed down to 6 for the finals.

At the State Meet,  Jarod earned high enough scores in the preliminary rounds to make finals in both categories. Jarod finished in third place in both categories when the finals concluded.

“State was a blast! I came in knowing I needed to enjoy every second but doing what I love, at the highest level, surrounded by my family and friends is what it meant the most. That’s what I’ll always remember,” said Jarod.

Jarod, being a senior,  ends his speech career at HHS, but has no regrets.

“It’s crazy to think it’s been four years. I grew a lot each year and have had so much fun. Competing as a senior I could definitely see where the past 3 years of experience came into play. I truly accomplished everything I had set out to do when I first started four years ago. I couldn’t be happier with the way my final season ended,” said Jarod.

As a team, the Dusters finished in tenth place at State.

“As an actor I’ve always treated speech the same way other varsity athletes treat their sport. I am so proud of everyone on the team and feel extremely blessed to walk away with the memories, friends, and medals that I have. I’m appreciative to my coaches, family, and God for all the help over the last four years,” said Jarod.

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