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West Holt Speech Team are Summerland Champions


    The West Holt Speech Team wasn’t rattled by the snow days this past week. We pulled through and won the second speech meet of the season! We are just beginning our streak as champions. The speech meet took place at Summerland Public Schools last Saturday, January 21. We even got in a work out while we were at the meet; there were so many stairs! 

    Let’s jump into the novice and varsity medals winners from this weekend. The novice competitors had two rounds with no finals at this meet. To begin in humorous prose, David Armstrong was third and Taylor Walnofer was meet champion! Next, in serious prose, Alyssa Dobias was third and David Armstrong was the meet champion! Abigail Dunn was champion in poetry for the second week in a row! In entertainment, Lucas Griess received fourth. Madison Kratz won second in informative. Finally, in persuasive Taylor Walnofer gained second, and Ava Hoffman was the meet champion! The novice competitors performed outstandingly yet again! 

    Now let’s leap to the varsity medalists. In entertainment Hannah Olson was fifth and Madeline Rentschler was fourth. Violet Schwager was runner-up in poetry. In persuasive Maci Nemetz was sixth and Lily Vogel finished fifth. Sidney Burkinshaw was fifth in informative. Carter Gotschall was third in extemporaneous. We had three medalists in humorous prose: Teagan Butterfield sixth, Abigail Thiele runner-up, and Mary Belle Hamilton meet champion! Also, we had an oral interpretation of drama team compete for the first time. The team members consist of Sidney Burkinshaw, Abigail Thiele, Mary Belle Hamilton, Carter Gotschall, and Nate Cambras. The team placed fourth! 

    Other members who competed at the meet were Aubrei Clouse, Samantha Coffin, Iris Sanchez, Brooklynn Butterfield, Drew Martin, Olivia Nelson, and Adrianna Mincer.

    Overall, the Summerland Meet was another great one for the West Holt Speech Team! We are looking forward to the upcoming meet at Ord on January 28! This is one of the biggest and most competitive meets of the year. We will spend this week preparing and polishing our speeches. Stay tuned for results next week! 


Back row: Carter Gotschall, Lucas Griess, Abigail Dunn, Sidney Burkinshaw, Alyssa Dobias (not pictured-Teagan Butterfield, Hannah Olson)
Fourth row: Nate Cambras, Aubrei Clouse, Brooklynn Butterfield, Samantha Coffin
Third row: Abigail Thiele, Ava Hoffman, Adrianna Mincer, Madysen Kramer, Drew Martin
Madison Kratz, Olivia Nelson, Madeline Rentschler, Violet Schwager, Maci Nemetz, David Armstrong
Front row: Taylor Walnofer, Iris Sanchez, Mary Hamilton, Lily Vogel

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