Friendly rivals in final round
     2016-02-26      By The Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
As speech competition approaches the end of the season, competition picks up. The Western Conference and the District Meet are just on the horizon, which means it’s time for coaches to begin cutting rosters.
Teams can only take a limited number of competitors to these important meets.

Events can often be stacked with five or six entries during regular season, and sometimes those entries can be friends, or maybe even siblings. What happens when relatives or close friends step into a round together?

Siblings Paige and Ty Corr are both members of the Scottsbluff speech team. Paige is a senior who has competed all four years of her high school career, while Ty joined the team this year as a freshman.

“I love being involved in the same thing as Ty. Speech brings out a side of us we don’t show each other often,” Paige said.

The duo participates in opposing Oral Interpretation of Drama teams.

Paige plays the part of Miss Thwaites in the piece, “Gaslight.” This is a suspenseful story about a thieving murderer. Miss Thwaites is the one to unravel the mystery. Paige’s interpretation placed seventh in Gering, third in Perkins County, and seventh in North Platte.

Ty plays the parts of the Warder and Mr. Steven Girard in the piece, “The Insanity of Mary Girard.” This is a serious piece about a woman, Mary, who wakes up in a mental ward. Mary is slowly driven to insanity by the voices in her head. She is convinced it is her fault because she betrayed her husband by breaking her marriage vows. Ty’s interpretation placed fifth in Gordon Rushville, fifth in Perkins County, and sixth in North Platte, earning one place higher than Paige.

“It was odd beating her,” Ty said. “But it kept the competition real, and it was fun.”

Although the competition has been stiff, the two have never stopped encouraging one another.

“We encourage each other and he watches my rounds, and I go and watch his,” Paige said.

Healthy competition has brought the brother and sister closer together.

“Speech brings us closer together because it puts us in each other’s shoes and shows us that we fit in those shoes better than we thought,” Paige said.

Paige’s goal for the season is for both her and Ty to make it to the state competition at the end of March. Ty’s goal is for them to make it to the finals round at the district meet.

In another type of rivalry, this one among friends, seniors Nikki Mobley and Hunter Scow have known each other since their freshman year.

They have competed in Duet Acting together, and participate on the same OID, but competition heats up when they step into a Serious Prose round and have to compete against one another.

“In preliminary rounds, we encourage each other. In finals, we still try to keep that feeling between us, but I feel like both of us actually want to do better than the other,” Scow said.

Scow has been a member of the Bearcat speech team for three years. His Serious Prose piece, “Ordinary People,” is about a boy tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother. This piece placed fourth in Scottsbluff, seventh in Gering, and fourth in Perkins County.

Mobley has been on the speech team for four years. Her Serious Prose piece, “The Book Thief,” tells the story of a girl and her experiences growing up in Nazi Germany. This piece placed second in Scottsbluff, first in Gordon-Rushville, eighth in Gering, second in Perkins County, and 10th in North Platte.

While these friends will do what they can to win, they will also do what they can to encourage the other.

“Hunter is pretty much the first person on our team I look for after I had a tough round. I tell him everything that went wrong, and he tells me to do better the next round. It may be a weird kind of encouraging, but it works,” Mobley said.

The two have learned a lot from each other, and have made great memories in their years working together. They will graduate together at the end of the year, but hope to continue their friendship.

“Graduation is going to be hard, but it’s part of life. I’ll still talk to Hunter about my problems in life,” say Mobley.

These friendly rivals were seen with the rest of the Bearcat team at the Ogallala Invite this past weekend, Feb. 20. The varsity team took four members into finals as well Gering’s Varsity team who took nine into finals, while their novice team took six into finals. Mitchell’s Varsity team took only one member into finals.

These teams will compete at the Western Conference tournament in Sidney on Feb. 27 (Saturday).

Ogallala Results

Samuel Willis, Scottsbluff, Persuasive, 1st

Allie Mekolon, Scottsbluff Persuasive, 5th

James Benitez, Scottsbluff, Extemporaneous, 2nd

Ashlynn Huan, Scottsbluff, Humorous Prose, 4th

Baird, Long, Potts,Gering, Hawkins, Heilbrun,Varsity OID, 1st

Becky Boyd, Gering, Varsity Informative, 1st

Jim Eastman, Gering Varsity Poetry, 1st

Newman and Rawling, Gering, Novice Duet, 1st

Nathan Prohs, Gering, Novice Poetry, 1st

Mary Newman, Gering, Novice Serious Prose, 2nd

Tegan Murdock, Gering, Varsity Poetry, 2nd

Newman, Eckerberg, Hackett, Gering, Novice OID, 3rd

Austin Schilz, Gering, Novice Extemporaneous, 4th

Becky Boyd, Gering, Varsity Entertainment, 4th

Collin Potts, Gering, Varsity Extemporaneous, 4th

Collin Potts, Gering, Varsity Persuasive, 4th

Morgan Heil, Gering Novice Persuasive, 4th

Hadley Kirk, Gering, Varsity Extemporaneous, 6th

Nellie Kirk,Gering, Varsity Persuasive, 7th

Hannah Plasencio, Mitchell, Varsity Serious Prose, 5th

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