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Speech Team Members Qualify for State

 Speech team member(s) with awards at the meet
On Tuesday, March 13, the Crete Speech Team arrived at school earlier than usual to board a bus into Lincoln. While the day started out like any other during the season for the Cardinal Talkers, it would end differently. This tournament marked the last of 2018 and was a tournament of proverbial importance: it was Districts.
This year the NSAA Speech B-3 District was held at Lincoln Southwest High School, in conjunction with the C1-1 and D2-1 Districts. 24 Speech teams descended on the home of the Silverhawks to compete under the direction of their coaches and the watchful eyes of their peers. Matt Heimes, tournament director, put together a wonderful day with quality judges and even more quality lunches for the coaches and competitors. He opened the morning with a short meeting and rounds commenced at 8:30 am sharp.
The Crete Speech team navigated their way through two grueling rounds of preliminary competition for the first five hours of the day, running to and from events on one end of the building and the other. Once results were tabulated the postings of competitors making the break to finals were placed on the wall and the Cretans were overwhelmed to see that 14 of the 18 events would be continuing in the elimination round. What was more is that EVERY SINGLE student from the team would be participating in at least one event.
Speech Team AwardLaunch the second image gallery player
The final rounds took place in two waves. The first flight kicked off at 2:30 pm and saw eight of the events duke it out with students from the area schools Fairbury, Lincoln Christian, Waverly, Norris, Beatrice, Seward and Milford. 4:00 pm saw a second set of six events wind their way through the halls to stand tall and speak proudly. When the dust cleared the students were happy with their performances and hoped they did what they needed to do.
Awards began at 5:30 pm and medals were doled out. While the Crete Speech team was rewarded handsomely for the efforts of the day, the competition was fierce and provided a heaping helping of heartbreak. Merely three of the 14 events in finals qualified for the Class B NSAA State Speech Championships in Kearney on Thursday, March 22, but many others were close to earning berths. Medalists on the day were as follows (bold/italicized students qualifying for State):
Speech Team members with medals.Launch the third image gallery player
Emily Binder (6th, Informative)
Sabrina Reed and Zoe Kraus (6th and 5th, Persuasive)
The group of Josie Anderson, Logan Capek, Isaac Ebke, Taryn Koch, Summer Lauterbach and the group of Sabrina Reed, Matt Savage, Sami Weber (6th and 5th, OID)
Noah Keck (5th, Poetry)
Sami Weber and Lexy Bodfield (5th and 4th, Dramatic)
Amy Lopez Hernandez/Maria Vadillo and Lexy Bodfield/Noah Keck (5th and 2nd, Duet Acting)
Ale Vadillo and Zoe Kraus (4th and 3rd, Extemporaneous)
Logan Capek and Amy Lopez Hernandez (4th and 2nd, Humorous)
Regardless of State qualification, every student walked away with hardware and their efforts earned the Crete Cardinals a Runner-up plaque to be hung in the hallowed halls of the high school for eternity. A special accolade on the day goes to the very deserving duo of Lexy Bodfield and Noah Keck. 2018 will mark the fourth consecutive year they have qualified for the Class B NSAA State Speech Championships, the only two students to do so in Crete High School history from what the record books can tell us. This is truly an achievement to be remembered for life!
The team would like to thank all of the work of the volunteer coaches over the past few weeks. We appreciate your time, energy and passion for the forensic arts. Without your help we would not have reached the level we have. Thank you!
By: Zach Mapes
Crete Speech Coach