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Every Swede medals at North Platte speech contest Saturday

Southwest Conference crown decided Tuesday

After five first-place medals and a score of Swede competitors who medaled Saturday, Gothenburg speech team adviser Dan Jensen feels confident that the judges witnessed peak performances.

The speech team competed at the Best of the West contest in North Platte.

“Five gold medals in nine events and three second places left us feeling confident as we move into conference competition,” Jensen said Monday.

On Tuesday, the Swedes traveled to Valentine to compete for the Southwest Conference title.

At North Platte, Jeramie VanAcker was a triple winner in serious prose, humorous prose and duet acting.

In humorous prose, he shared first-place honors with Josh Clark and in duet acting Van

Acker teamed up with Makayla Franzen for top honors.

Cale Moore was judged best in extemporaneous speaking and Carlin Daharsh earned first place in informative speaking.

At the varsity-only event, other medals were awarded to:

Extemporaneous speaking—2. Jon Rehmert, 4. Carson Messersmith, 6. Abbie Mazour, 7. Carlin Daharsh, 8. Morgan Kowalewski, 10. Kristin Bartlett.

Persuasive speaking—6. Cale Moore, 8. Alayna Collins, 9. Kelsey Kuhlman, 10. Amanda Kowalewski, 11. Rebecca Miller.

Informative speaking—6. Jessica Schmidt.

Entertainment speaking—2. Cale Moore.

Humorous prose—10. Makayla Franzen, 12. Carlie Stevens.

Serious prose—2. Betsy Potter, 3. Carlin Daharsh, 5. Ashley Wilkerson.

Poetry—4. Kennedy Wahlgren.

Duet acting—3. Kayla Trevino and Carlie Stevens, 7. Betsy Potter and Abbie Mazour.

Oral interpretation of drama—3. Rachel Rice, Kelsey Kuhlman, Carson Messersmith, Kennedy Wahlgren and Josh Clark; 7. Carlie Stevens, Mac

kenzie Brand, Alyssa Salem, Amanda Larson and Morgan Kowalewski.

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