Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Swedes squeak by Minden to win SWC speech

Team finishes No. 1 for sixth consecutive year

Intense is how Gothenburg High School speech team adviser Dan Jensen described the March 6 battle between the Swedes and Minden Whippets for the Southwest Conference speech crown.

On the line for the Swedes was a repeat win for the sixth consecutive time.


Going into finals, Jensen said the team had the daunting task of overtaking Minden.


The Whippets had 18 competitors qualify for finals while the Swedes had 14.

“To pull it off, our kids had to generally place in the top half while Minden’s team would have to place in the bottom half,” he said.

When the results were announced, Gothenburg earned the top spot with 128 points to Minden’s 120.

Ogallala finished third with 101 points followed by Ainsworth, 94; Broken Bow, 81; Cozad, 65; and Valentine, 62.

First-place medalists for the Swedes were Josh Clark in humorous prose, Jeramie Van

Acker and Makayla Franzen in duet acting and Carlin Daharsh in informative speaking.

Jensen noted that the finish is the ninth conference win in 13 years.

The Swedes traveled to Minden Tuesday for district B-5 competition. Results were not available at press time.

Other individual medalists were:

Extemporaneous speaking—5. Carson Messersmith.

Persuasive speaking—3. Maddy Costello, 5. Jon Rehmert.

Informative speaking—2. Maddy Costello.

Entertainment speaking—2. Cale Moore, 4. Ryan Ostendorf.

Humorous prose—2. Makayla Franzen.

Poetry—3. Jeramie VanAcker. 6. Kennedy Wahlgren.

Oral interpretation of drama—2. Alyssa Salem, Morgan Kowalewski, Amanda Larson, Mackenzie Brand and Carlie Stevens; 5. Carson Mes

sersmith, Ryan Ostendorf, Kennedy Wahlgren, Kelsey Kuhlman and Rachel Rice.

Also competing were Ashley Wilkerson and Kayla Trevino.