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[NOV. 22, 2004]  The Lincoln Community High School speech team competed in the 12-team Charleston Speech Invitational this weekend. The team again brought home first place, scoring 72 points. The host team, with 39 points, was the closest to Lincoln.

Tournament varsity champions from LCHS were Lindsey Boerma in humorous interpretation and original comedy, Kathryn Muck and Brady Gerdts in dramatic duet, Gerdts and Eric Knutilla in humorous duet acting, Brian Welter in extemporaneous, and Tom Swanson in special occasion speaking.

Other varsity placers for Lincoln were Kathryn Muck, second in dramatic interpretation; Patrick Perry and Tony Curcuru, sixth in humorous duet; Curcuru, second, and Perry, fifth, in humorous interpretation; Hannah Snyder, fifth, and Miranda Merriman, sixth, in impromptu speaking; Janel Filbeck, second, Hannah Snyder, fifth, and Miranda Merriman, sixth, in oratory; Brandon Davis, fourth, and Ruth Ohmart, seventh, in prose reading; Brian Welter, second in radio speaking; Sonya Twist, fourth, in special occasion speaking; and Eric Knutilla, fourth, and Ruth Ohmart, fifth, in verse reading.

LCHS novice champions were Janel Filbeck in special occasion speaking, Cameron Kurtz in extemporaneous and impromptu, Laura Gillen in oratory, and Taylor Muck in humorous interpretation.

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Other novice finalists for Lincoln were Rebecca Kasa and Betsy Ramlow, fifth in dramatic duet; Jairris Vermeire, fourth in dramatic interpretation; Taylor Muck and Ian Arneaud, fifth in humorous duet acting; Annie Sheley, second, Lexie Springer, fourth, and Chrissy Schick, sixth, in declamation; Rebecca Kasa, second in oratory; Brittany Reves, sixth in prose; Schick, third, and Arneaud, fifth, in radio speaking; and Jillian Dowell, third in special occasion.

Carrie Schreiber and Ed Jodlowski are co-coaches of the LCHS speech team.

"This group is so much fun to coach," Schreiber said. "They know how to compete and are learning how to practice. Each week we get better and better, and all we can say about the points we scored this weekend is 'WOW.' It's hard to think it can get much better, but the both the kids and the coaches know it can, and that's a scary thought."

[LCHS news release]

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