Sixteen of the 38 members of the PCHS competitive speech team competed at the Sutherland Invite on Saturday, Feb. 5. Students from 14 schools participated in the meet which sent the top six entrants in each event to a finals round after two rounds of preliminary competition.
Due to conflicts with sports activities, the PCHS team competed in only seven of the day’s nine events, with no speakers competing in Oral Interpretation of Drama or Informative Speaking.
Led by the speakers in Humorous Prose who advanced four students to the finals, the PCHS team had medalists in the remaining seven events.
Participating at the Sailor Invite were the following students: Persuasive–Rachel Patrick third, Kylie Hanson sixth; Extemporaneous–Trevor Lee second; Entertainment–Lacey Jensen fourth, Allison Kiolbasa; Poetry–Calla Mailand first, Lexi Schmidt sixth, Capri Meyer; Humorous Prose–Ashley Kemling second, Alyssa Young third, Callie Meyer fourth, Anna Fournier sixth, Brady Mailand, Rebecca Johnson, Lexi Schmidt; Serious Prose–Calla Mailand second, Ashley Kemling third, Stephanie Reichert; Duet Acting–Calla Mailand and Robyn Krause–third, Rachel Patrick and Lacey Jensen fourth.
Competing at the invite were students from Julesburg, Wallace, Garden County, Wauneta-Palisade, Creek Valley, Paxton, Hayes Center, Thedford, North Platte St. Pat’s, Arthur, Chase County, Hershey, PCHS, and Sutherland.
PCHS tallied 74 points to take home the first place team trophy.
Wallace earned second place with 70 points and St. Pat’s finished with 43 points in third place.
This coming Saturday PCHS speakers will be traveling to the North Platte High School’s annual Blue and Gold Invitational.