Statebound ... again!
Swede speech team takes B-5 district crown.
A championship finish.
That’s how speech team adviser Dan Jensen describes the Swedes winning the district B-5 contest March 3 in Gothenburg.
The win marks the seventh time, and the third time in a row, the team topped the district field since Jensen took over the speech program in 196.
The Swedes and the Minden Whippets were neck and neck going into the final round.
When it was over, the Swedes had pulled ahead with 135 points to Minden’s 122.
First place finishers were Brennan Costello in informative speaking, Elisa Meridith in serious prose and the duet of Zac Franzen and Josh Clark.
Although the Swedes have qualified more events at state in the past, Jensen said the 17 students that qualified this time is the most he can remember.
“It was an amazing finish for our kids,” Jensen said.
Students in 15 events went into finals with the Swedes finishing in the top three to qualify for state in 11 of them.
Jensen said he’s proud of the attitude and focus his team has showed the last few weeks.
“I felt we had a slow start to the season but with natural talent and dedication, they peaked at just the right time,” he said.
Other schools besides Gothenburg and Minden that competed in B5 and their point totals were: Cozad, 85; Broken Bow, 67; Northwest, 63; Holdrege, 56; Adams Central, 52; and McCook, 20.
The Swedes will compete at state at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on March 18.
The top three individuals who placed are eligible to go to state.
Extemporaneous speaking—2. Chris Block.
Persuasive speaking—4. Beth Advey.
Informative speaking—5. Stephanie Rubenthaler.
Entertainment speaking—3. Lauren Schmiett, 4. Ashlee Bruntz.
Humorous prose—3. Ashlee Bruntz, 5. Jeramie VanAcker.
Serious prose—3. Zac Franzen.
Poetry interpretation—2. Elisa Meridith.
Duet acting—2. Willis Middleton and Jeramie VanAcker.
Oral interpretation of drama—2. Colton Bebensee, Chris Block, Liz Graham, Leah Loostrom and Alex Spencer; 3. Kristi Block, Makenzie Brand, Makayla Franzen, Crystal Moore and Lauren Schmiett.
Also competing in poetry was Haydon McKenney.
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