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Speech team tests waters at Cozad meet

Two Swedes win gold medals at varsity-only event.

Reaction from judges before the schedule accelerates was what the Swedes received at the Cozad Holiday Invite Saturday.

Speech team advisor Dan Jensen said he was also encouraged to see success from some of the first-year varsity competitors.

“I like this contest because it gives us some feedback from judges before we start our Christmas break and we have time to make adjustments before the contest schedule gets heavy,” Jensen said.

He said he was also encouraged that the judges generally liked the material and content of the Swedes’ speeches.

“We also learned that we (as a team) have a lot of work to do toward getting polished and competitive,” Jensen said.

Bringing home first-place medals at the varsity-only event were Maddy Costello in persuasive speaking and Carlin Daharsh, a first-year varsity competitor, in informative speaking.

The Swedes will hit the grounding running after holiday break with the Lexington Invite on Jan. 7.

Other individual results were:

Extemporaneous speaking—2. Carlin Daharsh, 4. Morgan Kowalewski; superior ribbon, Hailey Maline.

Humorous prose—Superior ribbon, Abbie Mazour.

Serious prose—3. Betsy Potter, 4. Jeramie VanAcker; superior ribbon, Ashley Wilkerson.

Poetry—5. Kennedy Wahlgren.

Duet acting—3. Josh Clark and Cale Moore.

Improv duet acting—2. Josh Clark and Cale Moore, 5. Ashley Wilkerson and Cody Cooper; superior ribbon, Abbie Mazour and Betsy Potter.

Also competing at the meet were Kristin Bartlett, Kayla Trevino, Jacob Boehle, Shelby Loostrom, Kyle Maline, Drake Brand, Mackenzie Brand and Jon Rehmert.

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