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State Speech

The Viking Speech Team headed to Kearney to compete in the State Speech Meet last Thursday. 14 students qualified: Tigh Renken (humorous, duet), Brianna Smith (Informative), Sarah Pelton (Entertainment), Kaylee Anderson (OID), Halle Dahlgren (OID), Mollie Kaps (OID), Sam Leibhart (Serious), Jared Denny (Duet), Sarah Dannehl (Humorous), Kara Philips (Informative), Katlyn Einspahr (Entertainment), Jade Gonzalez (Extemp), Wyatt Kaps (OID), and Adyson Furlong (Extemp).

Through a long day of tough competition, things started to work for 1st year competitor, Brianna Smith. She made it to the finals in Informative on her speech about Red-40. She was the only member of the team to final, and finished the season with a 5th place metal. Congratulations to the whole Speech Team for their time and commitment to the activity.  Go Vikings!

RPAC Speech

By Jade Gonzalez

Conference, this word brings to mind down to the wire volleyball games and stress filled track meets, but Conference Speech is no different. RPAC speech was on February 17th at Southwest High School. Bertrand finished in a very respectable 5th place with only one point behind Dundy County-Stratton who finished 4th and only two points behind 3rd place Maxwell.

Overall the team performed very well with nine different events medaling and two superior awards. Adyson Furlong received 1st place in Extemporaneous, Sarah Pelton got runner-up in Entertainment, Sam Leibhart received 3rd in Serious Prose, Kara Philips got 3rd in Informative, Ai-Peri Dzhumashalieva got 5th in Informative, Jade Gonzalez 5th in Extemporaneous, and Jade Gonzalez 8th in Poetry.

There was also two group events that medaled the first being an OID (Oral interpretation of Drama) that placed 4th and consisted of Mollie Kaps, Wyatt Kaps, Halle Dahlgren, Adyson Furlong, and Kaylee Andersen. The other group event was a Duet Acting group consisting of Tigh Renken and Jared Denny and placed 4th.

“RPAC competition is good because you get to compete against a lot of people you see through out the season.” Said Junior Adyson Furlong “This is good because it lets you prepare for what districts will be like.

The days are passing by quickly as districts is just around the corner. These individuals still have a lot of work to do if they want to earn their places at the state competition in late March.  So while they continue to work hard and be successful, there’s a lot on their plates as they work hard and try their best to enjoy every moment.


Speech Team Places Two at State

The Vikings had two individual placers at the Nebraska State Speech Competition last Friday.  Adyson Furlong placed 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking and Alexa Berry was 5th in Persuasive with her speech on “The Bias of Gender Advertising”.

Haley Dannehl’s Persuasive speech entitled “Make the Resolution to Be Kind” and the OID given by Mollie Kaps, Haley Dahlgen, Adyson Furlong, and Joey Colfack entitled “Y’all” just missed entering the final rounds.