Published On: Wed, Mar 22nd, 2017

Wausa Speech team seeks another state title

WAUSA — The Wausa Viking speech team claimed the D1-3 District title in Spencer March 14, qualifying 17 entries for Friday’s state meet in Kearney.

Wausa earned its fourth straight District championship with 460 points and 17 of 18 entries qualifying for finals.

Area schools were not surprised the Wausa team performed so well at Districts, as they have steamrolled through the competition all season long.

The Viking orators are now going after their fourth straight state speech championship.

With the top three placings qualifying for state, Viking speakers earned eight first-place rankings, seven second-place rankings, and two third-place rankings.

“Mrs. Stevens and I are very happy with the students’ effort and performance,” Viking coach Kyle Stevens said. “It was really nice to see all of their hard work pay off in such a big way.”

The 2017 qualifiers for the state meet in Kearney include:

Luc Bloomquist, Entertainment and OID; Regan Hennings, Entertainment and OID; Mary Johnson, Persuasive and Extemporaneous; Hannah Nelson, Humorous and OID; Kara Seagren, Informative and OID; Michaela Timmerman, Poetry and OID; Claire Wiegert, Duet and OID; Carli Cobler, Serious; Tom Lundberg, Persuasive and Extemporaneous; Sam Roberts, Humorous; Trenton Story, Duet; Destiny Fox, Informative and OID; Ruth Johnson, Duet and OID; Drew Munter, Duet and OID; and Paige Nissen, Serious and OID.

The NSAA Nebraska State Speech Championship is this Friday, March 24 at The University of Nebraska—Kearney.

The competition starts at 8 a.m.

Several Wausa students are hoping for repeat performances from last year.

Luc Bloomquist is looking for another first-place medal in Entertainment Speaking, as he was the state champion in this category last year. Last year Bloomquist and OID members consisting of Blake Bloomquist, Brice Barney, Ryan Kumm, and Darren Nissen placed third in OID.

Mary Johnson and Claire Wiegert are also searching for hardware for another year. 

At last year’s state speech competition Johnson placed third in Persuasive; and Claire Wiegert placed third in Duet with her partner Aidan Kleinschmit.

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