Gering speakers clench sweepstakes at home meet
     2016-01-29      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Gering Citizen file photo Gering’s Allie Baird performs an interpretation of poetry during last year’s home meet. Baird, now a senior, placed second with her Oral Interpretation of Drama team last at last week’s meet. 
The Gering High School Speech team hosted its 37th Invitational meet on Saturday, Jan. 23, and came away with 255 sweepstakes points to place first.

Gering coach Tyler Thompson said there were several smaller schools in attendance, as it was the first meet many of them were prepared to attend.

“It was good to see kids from the smaller schools competing,” Thompson said. “Some of the larger schools, like Ogallala and Gothenburg were also there. It think everyone was eager to attend because we’re hosting the district meet.”

He added that many of the judges used at the Saturday’s meet will also be used at districts, so schools wanted to familiarize themselves with how the judges scored the events.

In addition to host Gering, teams attending were Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Ogallala, Gordon-Rushville, Gothenburg, Hemingford, Bayard, Kimball, and Chadron.

Saturday’s tournament was slightly different from standard speech meets. The tournament offered Champion and Honor finals, essentially hosting two final rounds in each event so more speakers could medal. In total, 12 speakers medaled in individual events, eight teams in Oral Interpretation of Drama, and 10 teams in Duet Acting.

According to Thompson, the meet’s format gives the speakers the opportunity to face the stronger competition that’s expected in conference, district and state meets at the end of the season.

Thompson said both types of meets have been successful. “This format is just more exciting because more students are able to experience success,” he said. “It also makes the meet feel more special, like it’s something out of the ordinary, something to which the speakers can look forward.”

Thompson said the team performed extremely well in taking first in the sweepstakes. “We saw a lot of improvement from last week. The speakers received good feedback and are excited heading into competition this weekend.”

Now in his eighth year as Speech Coach, Thompson said he loves watching each student grow as a speaker from week to week. “That’s the most rewarding part of the job. I can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish as they enter the most competitive part of the season over the next three weeks with tournaments at Millard West, Lincoln Northeast and Gothenburg.”

Team sweepstakes results had Gering High School placing first with 255 points, followed by Gothenburg with 244, Ogallala with 122, Scottsbluff with 117, Chadron with 83, and Kimball with 64.

Individual results

Varsity Duet Acting: 1. James Benitez and Paige Corr, Scottsbluff High School; 2. Ashley Jackson and Hannah Plasencio, Mitchell High School; 3. Jordan Delahunty and Jordan McCormick, Ogallala High School; 4. Abigail Nguyen and Ben Thalken, Ogallala High School; 5. Amrit Chima and Seth Sloan, Chadron High School.

Varsity Entertainment Speaking: 1. Dylan France, Gothenburg High School; 2. Parker Reil, Ogallala High School; 3. Becky Boyd, Gering High School; 4. Amanda Most, Ogallala High School; 5. Jace Henderson, Scottsbluff High School; 6. Rylan Hurd, Gordon-Rushville High School.

Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking: 1. Roman Schmidt, Gothenburg High School; 2. Celie Knudsen, Ogallala High School; 3. Collin Potts, Gering High School; 4. Hadley Kirk, Gering High School; 5. Mikayla Randolph, Hemingford High School; 6. RyAnne Blau, Bayard High School.

Varsity Informative Speaking: 1. Kylee Beyea, Gothenburg High School; 2. Leisha Casimiro, Kimball High School; 3. Becky Boyd, Gering High School; 4. Keith Kuhlman, Gothenburg High School; 5. Mikayla Randolph, Hemingford High School; 6. MaKenzie Gregory, Gering High School.

Varsity Oral Interpretation of Drama: 1. Amrit Chima, April Hardy, Chace Franey, Emily Blaylock and Harlie Kennell, Chadron High School; 2. Allie Baird, Carsyn Long , Collin Potts, Devan Hawkins and Keagan Heilbrun, Gering High School; 3. Austin Schilz, Colter Robertus, Danika Atchison, Jake Hansen and Jessie Svoboda, Gering High School; 4. Connor McCoy, Georgina Dishman, Jessie Rudolph and Max Jinks, Gothenburg High School.

Varsity Oral Interpretation of Humorous Prose: 1. Dylan France, Gothenburg High School; 2. Georgina Dishman, Gothenburg High School; 3. Keagan Heilbrun, Gering High School; 4. Maxwell Jinks, Gothenburg High School; 5. Tanner Walker, Gering High School; 6. Dominic Long, Gothenburg High School.

Varsity Oral Interpretation of Poetry: 1. Jim Eastman, Gering High School; 2. Amrit Chima, Chadron High School; 3. KayLee Morsett, Chadron High School; 4. Roman Schmidt, Gothenburg High School; 5. Jordyn Kenkel, Ogallala High School; 6. Nicholas Thomas-Lewis, Kimball High School.

Varsity Oral Interpretation of Serious Prose: 1.Katelyn Thompson, Scottsbluff High School; 2. Becky Boyd, Gering High School; 3. Faith Reisig, Scottsbluff High School; 4. Carsyn Long, Gering High School; 5. Roman Schmidt, Gothenburg High School; 6. Jessie Rudolph, Gothenburg High School.

Varsity Persuasive Speaking: 1. Collin Potts, Gering High School; 2. Emily Ostdiek, Scottsbluff High School; 3. Jessie Rudolph, Gothenburg High School; 4. Celie Knudsen, Ogallala High School; 5. Nicholas Thomas-Lewis, Kimball High School; 6. Hadley Kirk, Gering High School.

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