Fans, friends and spectators are invited to come watch the team as
it has a final "practice" this evening before it hits the road
The Lincoln Community High School speech team will
host its "Meet the 2010 Regional Team" night at 6:30 in the high
school auditorium. The team will be competing against 12 other
squads in the regional meet this weekend at Centennial High
School in Champaign.
Head coach Katie Conant said this "Meet the Speech Team" event
serves several purposes.
"We have this so the parents can see what the kids have been working
on all season," said Conant, "and so the community has a chance to
see the kids."
Students who are considering participating on the high school
speech team in the future are encouraged to attend the event to see
and learn more about the different types of performances.
Admission to the event is free, but donations to help defray
expenses will be accepted. Refreshments will be served during
Students will be showcased in 14 different types of presentations
Thursday evening. Each presentation is for a different event
category with different judging criteria.
Events to be presented and participants:
Performance in the
round: Adrienne Alley, Elizabeth Dye, Samuel Filbeck, Tegan Follis, Olivia Graue, Kendall Katz, Wyatt Phillis and
Declamation: Caiti Wunderlin
Radio: Shelby Voyles
Informative speaking: Amy Knutilla
Oratory: Caiti Wunderlin
Dramatic interpretation: Elizabeth Jaegle
Special occasion speaking:
Humorous duet acting: Lorenda Kirby and
"It's a great way for the kids to get another practice in front
of people and to recognize the seniors," Conant said.
The two seniors on the team, Lorenda Kirby and Caiti Wunderlin,
serve as captains this season. Each has been a member of
the LCHS speech team for four years.
Betsy Buttell, Ruth Ohmart, Brian Welter and Zach Williams serve
as assistant coaches.
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Overall, the highlight for the team this season has been its
fifth-place finish earlier this season at the Charleston speech
meet. Individually at that meet, Jaegle finished second in poetry,
Kirby and Langdon finished third in humorous duet acting, Wunderlin finished fourth
in declamation and oratory, Kirby finish fourth in prose, and Langdon
finished fourth in poetry.
At another meet in Bloomington, Shelby Voyles finished eighth and
Samuel Filbeck finished ninth in dramatic interpretation, and Kirby finished sixth in
prose. Filbeck's finish was particularly impressive since he was
considered a novice but placed ninth in the varsity standings.
In addition to Lincoln and the host school, other teams competing
at the Centennial regional are Champaign Central, Charleston,
Danville, Downs Tri-Valley, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Gibson
City-Melvin-Sibley, Heyworth, Mahomet-Seymour, O'Fallon,
Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Rantoul.
Winners of the top four places in each event at the Centennial
regional this weekend will move on to sectionals at Charleston High
School on Feb. 13 to compete with the sectional qualifiers from
the Chatham Glenwood and Harrisburg regionals.
The top three finishers in each Charleston sectional event will
move on to the IHSA state tournament at the Peoria Civic Center on
Feb. 19 and 20 to compete against the qualifiers from five other
regional tournaments across the state.
[Special report by LOYD KIRBY]