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LCHS speech team launches into new tournament year with success          Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 13, 2006]  The first tournament of the year proved to be an excellent showing for the Lincoln Community High School speech team. The team finished first of 10 schools competing at the Normal West tournament.

The LCHS team was led by senior Lincoln Moore, who was first in original comedy and second in humorous duet with Tony Curcuru, and by junior Cameron Kurtz, who was first in impromptu speaking and second in special occasion speaking. Other varsity winners were Janel Filbeck in oratory and Todd Schumacher and Stephanie Holford, who were first in humorous duet acting.

Other varsity finalists were Annie Sheley, second in radio and declamation; Brandon Rahn, second in extemporaneous speaking and third in radio; Curcuru and Kaylyn Engelhardt, third in dramatic duet acting; Schumacher, fifth, and Engelhardt, sixth, in dramatic interpretation; Hailey Cooper, second in humorous interpretation and fifth in original comedy; Taylor Muck, sixth in original comedy; Lorenda Kirby, fifth in humorous interpretation and eighth in prose reading; Devin Pegram, sixth in declamation; Brittany Reeves, fourth in oratory; and Janel Filbeck, fifth in prose.

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Novice placers for the team were Caiti Wunderlin and Jordan Vermeire, second in dramatic duet; Lauren May, third in impromptu and sixth in extemporaneous; Ryan Brown, third in humorous interpretation; Nick Apke, third in radio and fourth in impromptu; Kim Vogel, third in declamation; Paul Disney, second in original comedy and fourth in verse; Devin Pegram, fifth in oratory; Jordan Vermeire, third in prose; Heather Meisenbach, fourth in prose; and Jordan Gallagher, third in verse.

Ed Jodlowski, one of the LCHS speech coaches, commented: "We really didn't know what to expect with the first tournament but are ecstatic with this group of kids' performance. It is amazing how they picked up the slack for those who graduated. We look forward to another terrific year. ... But we have told them not to rest on this week's victory because hard work and dedication will pay off."

[Provided by Ed Jodlowski, LCHS]

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