Olympia High School speech team sending two entries to state finals

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[February 21, 2014]  STANFORD Representing Olympia High School, Kenyon Jodlowski is advancing to state as the sectional champion in special occasion speaking; Cynthia Jo Tackett and Suzanne DeLoriea are advancing as the third-place finishers in dramatic duet acting. These students will compete this weekend at the IHSA speech tournament finals in Peoria.

The Olympia speech team finished third at the regional contest Feb. 8, behind U-High and Normal West, but ahead of Champaign Centennial, Heyworth, Normal Community, Bloomington, Central Catholic and Danville.

Of the 14 individual events, Olympia sent 12 to the sectional at Charleston on Feb. 15. That contest was won by Belleville West, followed by Carbondale, Charleston, U-High and Benton. Of the 36 schools in the sectional, Olympia placed 12th.


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In addition to the two entries mentioned above, individuals from the Olympia team who advanced from the regional to the sectional were Jared Wade and Gabriele Meissner in humorous duet acting; Jared Wade in humorous interpretation; Shelby Gordon in prose reading; Brian Henderson in original comedy; David Bell in extemporaneous speaking; Collin Schopp in both informative speaking and radio speaking; Tackett in oratorical declamation; Jodlowski in original oratory; and DeLoriea in poetry reading.

Also advancing to sectional was the performance-in-the-round group, with cast members Lauren Horner, Lauren Hostetter, Zach Banks, Bekah Bauersfeld, Andrew Baker, Allison Schuette, Tyler DeVault and Delia Kerr-Dennhardt.

[Text from article on Olympia High School website]

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