Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2008

HPS Is Going For Another State Title

HARTINGTON —   The speech team from Hartington Public School took top honors once again.
For the fourth straight year, Hartington’s speech team won the District C2-5 Meet March 10. Hartington has now won the District Speech title eight times in the last nine years.
Hartington’s team score of 113 topped Laurel-Concord’s score of 90 to win the District title. Emerson-Hubbard was third with a score of 47, followed by Homer- 43, Randolph – 27, Ponca 26.

Medal winners, with first and second place qualifying for the state meet are:
Entertainment:  Blake Gothier, 1st, Ross Eickhoff, 2nd
Extemp:  Jordan Rehnstrom, 1st, Jo Bryan, 2nd
Humorous Prose:  Megan Goeden 1st, Adam Lammers, 2nd
Informative:  Bernice Bowers, 1st, Tara Loecker, 3rd
Persuasive:  Anna Pearson, 1st, Dana Fuelberth, 2nd
Poetry:  Anna Pearson, 1st
Serious Prose:  Ali Lammers, 1st
Duet Acting:  Thomas Schumacher and Ali Lammers, 2nd
OID:  Adam Lammers, Blake Gothier, Ross Eickhoff, and Dana Fuelberth, 1st place.
Hartington speakers won eight of nine events.
Hartington qualified 13 of its 16 entries for state competition which will be held Wednesday, March 19, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
“As a team, we are young, but with 13 events qualifying, we have the opportunity to be very competitive,” said Speech Coach Linda Kathol. “We are looking forward to the challenge of the state meet.”
Even though the team won at district they have been polishing their performances at practice according to Speech Coach A.J. Johnson.
“The success of our team comes from the kids themselves. When you have kids who constantly want to improve even when they are winning, it helps the whole team push one another to higher levels. We have been very lucky to have kids who won’t accept anything but the best,” said Johnson. “This team has achieved at a very high level and we are proud of that,”
Hartington also has a history of winning at the State level.
The Hartington Speech team brought home the State Championship title in 2002 and  2003.
The school has also garnered  four state runner-up awards. They earned those honors in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
“One of the keys to our success has been the amount of time we spend preparing our novice team for competition,” said Kathol. “We attend meets that have novice and varsity divisions which give young speakers success and builds confidence.”