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[DEC. 20, 2004]  The Lincoln Community High School speech team nearly ruined competitive Wheaton North's trip to the Olympia Christmas Classic Tournament. After preliminary scoring Lincoln was leading one of the state's speech powerhouses; however, after final rounds the Lincoln team was edged by Wheaton North to finish second.

Yet, Lincoln did have many tournament champions in the varsity division: Brady Gerdts and Kathryn Muck in dramatic duet, Kathryn Muck in dramatic interpretation, Kassandra Pepperell in oratorical declamation, Lindsey Boerma in humorous interpretation, and Tom Swanson in special occasion speaking.

Other Lincoln finalists were Brian Welter, second in extemporaneous and radio; Brady Gerdts and Eric Knutilla, second in humorous duet; Tom Swanson, fourth, and Annie Sheley, sixth, in oratorical declamation; Kassandra Pepperell, fifth in oratory; Ruth Ohmart, sixth in prose; Janel Filbeck, third in special occasion; and Tony Curcuru, sixth in humorous interpretation.

Semifinalists for Lincoln were Brandon Davis, Daniel Ohmart, Cameron Kurtz, Genevieve Larson, Tony Curcuru, Hannah Snyder, Lindsey Boerma, Rachel Hahn, Kathryn O'Donoghue, Janel Filbeck, Rebecca Kasa, Rachel Kasa, Sonya Twist, Jillian Dowell, Eric Knutilla and Ruth Ohmart.

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Novice tournament champions for Lincoln were Cameron Kurtz in extemporaneous, Janel Filbeck in oratory, and Annie Sheley and Chris Powley in humorous duet acting.

Other Lincoln finalists in the novice division were Rebecca Kasa and Betsy Ramlow, second, and Jillian Dowell and Rhiannon Hoagland, third, in dramatic duet; Genevieve Larson, second in extemporaneous; Taylor Muck and Ian Arneaud, fourth, and Taylor Muck, fifth, in humorous interpretation; Cameron Kurtz, third in impromptu; Chris Powley, second in original comedy; Rebecca Kasa, third in oratory; Genevieve Larson, third, and Jillian Dowell, fifth, in special occasion.

The team is off until the first weekend in January, when they will compete in the Normal Community High School Tournament.

[LCHS news release]

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