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LCHS speech teams stand tall
at Bloomington invitational      
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[DEC. 6, 2004]  This was a busy weekend for the Lincoln Community High School speech team. The varsity team competed in the 13-team invitational at Bloomington High School and placed first. The novice team finished third of 14 schools in the novice tournament at Heyworth.

The varsity team had two tournament champions, Brian Welter in radio speaking and Lindsey Boerma in original comedy. The team was paced by several second-place finishers, including Welter in extemporaneous speaking, Boerma in humorous interpretation, Kathryn Muck and Brady Gerdts in dramatic duet acting, Gerdts and Eric Knutilla in humorous duet acting, Tom Swanson in declamation and special occasion speaking, and Kassandra Pepperell in oratory.

Other varsity finalists were Patrick Perry, third in humorous interpretation; Perry and Tony Curcuru, sixth in humorous duet; Kathryn Muck, third in dramatic interpretation; Amy Schumacher, fifth, and Miranda Merriman, sixth, in impromptu speaking; Pepperell, third in declamation; Kathryn O’Donoghue, sixth in original comedy; Janel Filbeck, fifth in oratory; Rachel Kasa, seventh in prose; Filbeck, fifth, and Jill Patrick, sixth, in special occasion speaking; and Ruth Ohmart, eighth in verse.

"We saw new and different competition this week, and it was gratifying that the team still finished on top," said Lincoln speech coach Ed Jodlowski. "This next weekend will be a good test when we travel to Naperville for the Tournament of Roses."

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At Heyworth, the novice champion for Lincoln was Jaci Gandenberger in original comedy. Other placers were Jillian Dowell and Rhiannon Hoagland, sixth in dramatic duet; Cameron Kurtz, fourth, and Genevieve Larson, fifth, in extemporaneous; Taylor Muck, third in humorous interpretation; Kurtz, fifth in impromptu; Annie Sheley, second, and Chrissy Schick, fifth, in declamation; Rebecca Kasa, fourth in oratory; Larson, third, and Dowell, fourth, in special occasion speaking.

[LCHS news release provided by Ed Jodlowski]

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