Coming off a tough meet in Gothenburg, the Holdrege speech team came full force ready to compete at Minden. The team came out strong, placing most of the team and earning twenty-six medals.
The novice team had a successful day, continuing to get the feel for speech in their first year. Starting out for the novice team, Grace Maloley and Ella Roach placed first in improv duet. In entertainment, Bailey Johnson continues her success streak placing second. Carolyn Hill competed in persuasive and placed third. Grace Maloley also spoke in informative speech and placed seventh. Maddy Parsons and Maya Pineada acted out in duet and secured them a sixth place spot. Novice serious placers included Ella Roach who placed third, and Maddy Parsons placed eighth. The novice team has had a successful season so far, and as the novice season ends, some of them will start moving up to varsity to compete.
Varsity speaker’s just broke the halfway point in the season and they are ready to buckle down and compete for a state spot. The team came away with a very diverse amount of medals in different events. Janessa Landin and Carolyn Hill started out the medalists with a fifteenth in duet. Nathan Birtell, Caden Erickson, Elizabeth Drews, Kamy Lynch, and Wyatt Hornaman performed their OID, The Great Gatsby, and fought their way into sixth place. Jessica Pearson, Eli Dutcher, Hannah Hofaker, and Nikki Noell also performed an OID piece and placed fifteenth. For varsity entertainment, Tehya Cuypers placed third, Regan Boyken placed fourth, and Boston Petit placed eighth. Wyatt Hornaman placed twelfth in humorous alongside Nathan Birtell who placed fourteenth. In poetry, Tehya Cuypers placed tenth and Amanda Envick earned the first place spot. Morgan Marquardt placed twelfth with her persuasive speech. Kamy Lynch and Elizabeth Drews placed eighth in varsity duet. As well, Eli Dutcher and Regan Boyken also placed fifteenth in duet. In varsity serious, Boston Petit placed sixth, Amanda Envick placed eighth, and Wyatt Hornaman placed fourteenth. Varsity Extemp speakers, Amanda Helms and Caden Erickson placed seventh and ninth.
The Duster speech team performed well this meet, and should boost their confidence heading into the next few weeks.