After having a week off, the Ord Speech Team was ready to dive back into competition. In a span of 8 days they competed in three tournaments, all of which are some of their toughest competition of the year. On Saturday Feb. 11 they traveled to David City to compete against over 20 teams and 500 competitors from across the state. Schools were from classes A-D including York, Norfolk, Lexington, Kearney, and even a school traveling as far away as Oklahoma. “This is always the toughest meet we attend all year” said Coach Lansman. “I decided to head east to David City to see some of our state competition in C1 as well as some huge schools that we don’t typically compete against. If we ever get anyone into the finals – it’s a huge accomplishment. In many ways, this meet is as tough as or tougher than our state competition will be. It’s a great opportunity to grow and stay humble.” The Chants had a few medalists including: Cooper Sheets 5th in JV Extemporaneous, Morgan Ritz 3rd in JV Informative, Kyler Peetz and Madison Thompson 11th in Varsity Duet, and Esmeralda Vera 10th in Varsity Poetry. “Mrs. Trampe and I are really proud of all our students, but especially our medalists here. This shows they can really hang with the big dogs at giant tournaments. This will hopefully make their district and state competition seem less daunting.”
On Wednesday, February 15, St. Paul hosted the Lou Platte Conference Tournament. It was definitely a day to remember for the Ord Speech team as they set a new school record by qualifying 17 out of 18 events for the finals and winning the Conference Championship! At Conference and Districts, the scoring is different as each competitor scores points for their team even if they don’t make finals. The more you get to finals, the better your chances of success in the team competition are. Competing for the Chants on their Conference team was: Humorous Prose - Kora Severance 3rd , Lauren Collins 4th; Serious Prose – Esmeralda Vera 1st, Richele Masin 6th; Poetry - Esmeralda Vera 1st , Adrienne Meckel 2nd; Entertainment – Taylor Williams 5th, Lily Farrens 8th; Persuasive – Tracy Wamsley 2nd, Jenna Hagstrom 6th; Informative – Zoe Dabney 2nd, Shelby Kittle 3rd; Extemporaneous – Cooper Sheets 2nd, Maddie Winchell 7th; Duet – Madison Thompson/Kyler Peetz 3rd, Rosie Beran/Deja Timmerman 5th; OID – Lily Farrens/Jonny Koch/Kyler Peetz/Kora Severance/Taylor Williams 3rd, Lauren Collins/Zoe Dabney/Madison Thompson 5th . “We had a fantastic Conference this year. Last year we had one in each category in finals, this year we built on that. We’re very happy for the team!”
On Saturday, February 18 the Chants competed in the Loup City Invite, which was much larger than years past. There were 32 schools and over 500 competitors, making it a very challenging but fun meet. Medalists for the Chanticleers included: Morgan Ritz 4th in Novice Informative, Kyler Peetz/Madison Thompson 4th in Varsity Duet, Cooper Sheets 6th in Varsity Extemp, Esmerelda Vera 6th in Varsity Poetry and 2nd in Varsity Serious Prose, Adrienne Meckel 12th in Varsity Poetry, Richele Masin 9th in Varsity Serious Prose, Lily Farrens/Kora Severance 8th in Improv Duet, Zoe Dabney/Madison Thompson 4th in Improv Duet, Rapunzel Uncut (Dabney, Farrens, Koch, Peetz, Severance) 4th in Varsity OID. Overall Ord placed 5th out of 32 teams behind North Platte, Aurora, Kenesaw, and Minden. There were many just out of making finals but still receiving superiors: Lily Farrens and Lydia Hill in Entertainment, Maddie Winchell in Extemp, Kora Severance in Humorous, Zoe Dabney and Shelby Kittle in Informative, Spaceballs OID (Becca Fischer, Jenna Hagstrom, Lydia Hill, Cooper Sheets, Trevor Vancura), Jenna Hagstrom in Persuasive, Rebecca Fischer in Poetry, and Trevor Vancura in Extemp. “We’re very proud of our entire team. They have all worked hard to get where they are at. However many of them have missed several meets due to other school conflicts, making it a challenge to be consistent in speech. That is just the name of the game, but without all of these younger individuals pushing the entire team, we would not have a competitive atmosphere.”
The Speech team travels to Minden this coming Saturday and to Doniphan Trumbull on Saturday, March 4. A community performance at the Golden Husk will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 5-8pm tentatively. Districts is on Tuesday, March 14 at Minden. The Junior High team has also been practicing throughout February to prepare for the Ord Junior High Invite on Friday, March 3 and the Northwest Invite on Tuesday, March 7. We would love to see you there supporting our students!