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Lincoln Community High School speech team steps it up at Olympia Christmas Classic          Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 18, 2006]  STANFORD -- The Lincoln Community High School speech team returned to its winning ways on Saturday at the Olympia Christmas Classic. The team was first of 25 teams competing.

The LCHS team was led by tournament champions Brandon Rahn in radio, Hannah Snyder in impromptu, Tony Curcuru and Lincoln Moore in humorous duet, and Janel Filbeck in oratory.

Other varsity finalists were Curcuru and Kaylyn Engelhardt, fourth in dramatic duet; Todd Schumacher, sixth in dramatic interpretation; Rahn, third in extemporaneous; Schumacher and Stephanie Holford, fourth in humorous duet; Taylor Muck, second, and Holford, fourth, in humorous interpretation; Cameron Kurtz, second in impromptu; Moore, second in original comedy; Kelly Knecht, fourth, and Kurtz, fifth, in special occasion speaking; and Jairris Vermeiere, sixth in verse.

Semifinalists not advancing to the final round were Rebecca Kasa and Cody Follis in dramatic duet; Hannah Snyder and Lauren May in extemporaneous; Hailey Cooper in humorous interpretation; Lauren May in impromptu; Annie Sheley, Kelly Knecht and Devin Pegram in declamation; Devin Pegram in oratory; Jill Patrick in prose; Raeann Sheley in radio; and Cody Follis in verse.

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The novice team was led by Jordan Gallagher, who finished first in verse. Other placers were Devin Pegram, third in oratory and fourth in declamation; Caiti Wunderlin, fourth in dramatic interpretation; Raeann Sheley, third in special occasion and fourth in radio; Paul Disney, fourth in original comedy; Billy Grover, fifth in extemporaneous; and Lauren May, fourth in extemporaneous and sixth in impromptu.

"It's a great Christmas present for the kids," said speech coach Carrie Schreiber. "We have never won this tournament. Great teams from the suburbs come down every year to compete; this year we finally did it and beat them. We will continue to look for good things to come from this team in 2007."

[LCHS news release]

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