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[NOV. 20, 2006]  The Lincoln Community High School speech team finished first at the 10-team invitational at Charleston on Saturday.

The team was led by two of the captains: Hannah Snyder, who finished first in both extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, and Tony Curcuru, placing first in humorous duet acting with Lincoln Moore and in dramatic duet acting with Kaylyn Engelhardt.

Other first-place finishers were Annie Sheley in radio, Janel Filbeck in oratory and Stephanie Holford in humorous interpretation.

Novice champions were Caiti Wunderlin and Jordan Vermeire in dramatic duet and Heather Meisenbach in radio.

Second-place finishers were Todd Schumacher in dramatic interpretation, Schumacher and Holford in humorous duet, and Annie Sheley in declamation.

Other finalists were Rebecca Kasa and Cody Follis, fifth in dramatic duet; Billy Grover, sixth in extemporaneous; Hailey Cooper, third in humorous interpretation; Cameron Kurtz, third in impromptu speaking; Devin Pegram, sixth in oratory; Lincoln Moore, third, and Taylor Muck, seventh, in original comedy; Rebecca Kasa, fourth in prose; Cameron Kurtz, fourth in special occasion speaking; and Cody Follis, fifth, and Jairris Vermeiere, seventh, in verse.

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Other novice finalists were Kim Vogel, fourth in declamation and fifth in humorous interpretation; Billy Grover and Ryan Brown, placing in humorous duet; Lorenda Kirby, fourth, and Ryan Brown, fifth, in humorous interpretation; Devin Pegram, second in declamation; Emily Hauter, fifth in declamation and sixth in special occasion speaking; Lorenda Kirby, fifth, and Jordan Vermeiere, sixth, in prose; and Raeann Sheley, third in special occasion and sixth in radio speaking.

Congratulations to the speech team on a fine second showing of the season.

Carrie Schreiber, one of the LCHS speech coaches, said: "This team just keeps meeting the challenge. We had improvements from the previous week, and that is our goal. The next two tournaments will present the teams with some different competition that should be a real test, so we just work to improve."

The team will be split the first weekend in December to attend the Bloomington and Heyworth novice tournaments.

[Provided by Ed Jodlowski, LCHS]

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