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LCHS speech results from
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[NOV. 15, 2004]  In just the first tournament of the year, the Lincoln Community High School speech team is picking up where it left off last year, with this year's team bigger and better than before. The team won the 11-team Normal West tournament on Saturday in both varsity and novice divisions and won the overall team sweepstakes.

Lincoln was paced by varsity tournament champions Lindsey Boerma in humorous interpretation and original comedy, Kathryn Muck in dramatic interpretation and in dramatic duet with Brady Gerdts, and Brian Welter in extemporaneous, and by novice champions Janel Filbeck in oratory and special occasion speaking, Genevieve Larson in extemporaneous, Jaci Gandenberger in original comedy, and Jessica Peisker in humorous interpretation.

Other finalists in the varsity division were Daniel Ohmart and Brandon Davis, second in dramatic duet; Miranda Merriman, third, and Amy Schumacher, sixth, in impromptu; Tom Swanson, second, and Kasey Pepperell, fourth, in declamation; Rachel Hahn, fourth in original comedy; Hahn and Ohmart, fifth in humorous duet, Brian Welter, second in radio; Swanson, second in special occasion; and Ruth Ohmart, eighth in verse.

Other finalists in the novice division were Rebecca Kasa, second in oratory; Kasa and Betsy Ramlow, fourth in dramatic duet, Jaci Gandenberger, third in dramatic interpretation; Cameron Kurtz, second in both extemporaneous and impromptu; Taylor Muck, fourth in humorous interpretation; Muck and Ian Arneaud, sixth in humorous duet, Laura Gillen, fourth in impromptu and oratory; Chris Powley, second in original comedy; Rhiannon Hoagland in radio; Jillian Dowell, sixth in special occasion; and Jarris Vermeire, fifth in verse.

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"Both Ms. Schreiber and I agreed that this year could be a stellar year for this program," said Ed Jodlowski, who coaches the team with Schreiber. "These kids have been part of this system now for four years and are on a course to be very successful. For motivation this year, we've spent a lot of time talking about the tradition of Lincoln speech, acknowledging the success that Dan McLaughlin brought to the school. We have told the kids they are part of that legacy. The sky is truly the limit with this group of kids, but we have a lot of work to do and they (the kids) know that too."

[Provided by Ed Jodlowski, LCHS]

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