speech team brings home challenging sectional title
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[FEB. 12, 2007]
BELLEVILLE -- The Lincoln Community High School
speech team brought home the sectional championship trophy for the
third consecutive year, but this year they claimed the honor in the
south sectional at Belleville, scoring 44 points in a tie with
Belleville West for first place. The Lincoln team also advanced
eight events to the state finals next weekend at Rock Island.
LCHS had four sectional champion entries: Tony Curcuru and Lincoln Moore in
humorous duet acting, Tony Curcuru and Kaylyn Engelhardt in dramatic
duet acting, Janel Filbeck in oratory, and Annie Sheley in radio
Other qualifiers were Stephanie Holford, second in humorous
interpretation; Annie Sheley, third in oratorical declamation;
Lincoln Moore, third in original comedy; and Hannah Snyder, third in
Advancing to finals but not advancing further were Janel Filbeck,
sixth in prose, and Kelly Knecht, sixth in special occasion
speaking. Team members Todd Schumacher and Cody Follis competed but
did not advance to the final. Also, Lincoln's performance in the
round did not advance, placing fifth.
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Comments from Ed Jodlowski, speech coach:
"When we arrived back in Lincoln at 9:45, the kids received a
police escort and we went around the square. People honked and came
out of Sorrento's to cheer us on. Our speech team is one of the most
successful activities in the school. These kids often do not receive
the credit for what they do, and on Saturday night they felt like
they were on the top of the world.
"Speech begins in October. They practice probably on average
eight-10 hours a week, competition every Saturday for at least 14-18
hours, early mornings and late nights, and all they do is get
results. We are so pleased with what they have achieved. We never
dreamed that we could win the sectional; we knew we had a good team,
but the south produced two state champions and many finalists last
year at the state tournament, so we knew it was going to be tough.
After a rocky start to the day, the team got it together and stepped
it up at the end of the day when it mattered most."
(Text from file received)