The EPS Speech team competed well in a tough D2-4 district in Hartington on Monday, March 14.
They placed fourth overall as a team and brought home eleven medals.
Six students qualified in three events for the State Speech Championships.
The OID of Lydia Behnk, Ashton Evans, Kira Widger, Hunter Reestman and Adam Dreger earned the title of District Champs.
Behnk also reclaimed her position as Entertainment Speaking District Champion.
Shelby Dohmen earned a third place medal in Humorous Prose, also qualifying her for a trip to the state tournament.
Just missing qualification for state were Caleb Miller, who earned fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking and Mateo Kirstine, who earned fourth place in Entertainment Speaking.
The Duet of Reestman and Widger earned fifth place medals, and Brea Carr placed 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Receiving Superior Ratings were Evans and Dreger in Duet Acting and Theanna Dunn in Serious Prose.
Olivia Lindgren earned an Excellent Rating in Poetry.
The EPS coaches were satisfied with the results.
“Districts are always tough because you just never know what’s going to happen. We knew going in that we were going to have some extremely tough competition, so having two events come out on top was definitely an honor.”
The coaches expressed words of praise for the team’s performance this season.
“We just can’t say enough about this group of kids. We’ve been blessed with some terrific leadership in the upperclassmen, and that really helped guide our newer members. We saw lots of improvement in our younger team members and definitely a lot of commitment. It takes a team, and they all seem to understand that.”
Dohmen, Behnk, Evans, Widger, Reestman and Dreger will represent EPS in Kearney on Friday.
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