the way for the team were the following sectional champions:
- Kathryn Muck and Brady Gerdts,
first in dramatic duet acting
- Kathryn Muck, first in dramatic
- Brian Welter, first in
- Brady Gerdts and Eric Knutilla,
first in humorous duet acting
- Lindsey Boerma, first in humorous
- Tom Swanson, first in oratory and
special occasion speaking
Also qualifying for the state
tournament were Welter in radio speaking, with third place, and
Boerma in original comedy, with second place.
Not advancing for the team were
Brandon Davis, who placed fourth in prose; Kasey Pepperell, fifth in
declamation; and Ruth Ohmart, fifth in verse.
The performance in the round also
brought home a championship -- the first such championship in school
history. Performance in the round is a relatively new event. Besides
the sectional victory, the performance in the round is one of the
first to qualify from Lincoln. Students involved were Daniel Ohmart,
Rachel Hahn, Miranda Merriman, Amy Schumacher, Rachel Kasa, Tony
Curcuru, Sonya Twist, Hannah Snyder, Jill Patrick, Brandon Rahn and
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"It is a tribute to their hard work
and dedication all year that they all did so well at sectionals,"
said Carrie Schreiber, one of the Lincoln speech coaches. "It's
disappointing for our two seniors who didn't qualify (Brandon and
Kasey), but the IHSA will allow them, along with Ruth, to compete
next week in the performance in the round, so we look at it like
every person today went home a state qualifier."
Coach Ed Jodlowski said, "The kids
were so pumped on the ride home; and we asked them after the escort
what they thought, and they said, ‘Let's do it again next week.'"
The team will leave on Thursday to
compete in Carbondale at the state tournament on Friday and