At the Lindsay Holy Family meet, the Elgin High School speech team qualified five events for the finals round and brought home eleven medals.
Competing against fifteen schools, as a team they tied for 7th place.
Dylan Widger placed 6th out of 30 competitors in Poetry; Lisa Dohmen placed 6th out of 35 in Humorous Prose; The Duet of Ethan Fischer and Kenny Bush placed 5th out of 36 teams.
Both of EPS’s OID teams broke finals. The OID of Christopher Bush, Alois Warner, Kenny Bush and Jaime Hoefer placed 5th out of 20 teams. The OID of Dylan Widger, Taya Voborny and Zoey Bergman placed 7th.
This was the team’s first performance since their season opener on Janury 28. The Riverside meet scheduled for last Wednesday was postponed due to weather. The coaches were thrilled with their team’s performances.
“This was a very successful day for our team,” said co-coaches Stacy Shumake-Henn and Jessie Reestman. “Typically at meets of this size and competition level, we are lucky to have one event break finals, so needless to say, we were very pleased with the outcome.”
According to the coaches, there were some close calls in the rest of their events, all of whom represented the team well.
The following team members received Superior ratings during the day: Bergman and Warner-Duet, Paige Nichols-Entertainment, Tyler Smith-Entertainment, Morgan Carpenter-Humorous, Dohmen-Poetry, and Hoefer-Serious. Katie Polk also received an Excellent rating in Serious Prose.
The team will have another small break before they embark upon the busy point of their schedule. The next meet will be at Newman Grove on February 25. The Pope John Invite will follow on the 28th. The NVC East Meet also at Pope John will take place that following Monday. The rescheduled Riverside meet will be held on that Wednesday. District competition will be in Ewing on March 18.
“We’re performing well right now, but we still have some kinks to work out before districts, ” said Shumake-Henn and Reestman. “We are very proud of the work our kids have put in thus far. They are busy kids, and they make many sacrifices for their team.”
Pope John freshmen Maddie Dilly and Sydney Kerkman tied for 6th place in Duet Acting at the Lindsay Holy Family Speech Invitational. They performed a selection from “The Boy Book”. Other members of the 2015 Pope John Speech team are: Brie Gossman, Brody Hupp, Karissa Dicke, Scott Moser, Terry Seier, Maria Bartak, Lexie Heithoff, Marie Meis, Morgan Childers, Zach Eischeid, Emily Seier, Erin Beckman, Shantel Preister, Nicki Payne and Whitney Walker. The Speech team is coached by Mrs. Peggy Payne