Nine Qualify for State Speech
Continuing a long history of excellence in speech, Nebraska Christian qualified nine students in five events for the state speech competition on March 28. The results for seniors included Scott Smith placing third in persuasive and first in extemporaneous, Beran Fisher placing fifth in persuasive and second in informative, Zoe Flynn placing sixth in serious, and Dan Tran and Nhung Phan placing second in duet. The OID comprised of seniors Zoe Flynn and Alexis Gulbranson and sophomores Cameron Langemeier and Matt Myers placed fourth. Senior state qualifiers are Smith (persuasive and extemp), Fisher (informative), Tran (duet) and Phan (duet).
Taylor Van Pelt was the lone junior who placed, taking fourth in humorous and sixth in extemporaneous.
Sophomores Madison Fueher, Makenna Loy, Talitha Harrington, and freshmen Marilla Flynn and Tommy Flynn placed third in OID and are going to state. “It was a big surprise,” said Marilla Flynn. “My OID was not necessarily expected to final, let alone qualify for state. Our OID was thrown together at the last minute, and, due to scheduling conflicts, we did not go to as many meets or practice as much as we should have.”
NC speech coach Charissa Smith said, “I am super excited to see the hard work of these nine young people be rewarded to the full extent. I am anticipating great things.”