Scout Speech starts off season strong

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Kasey Stallbaum

The time has come for winter sports to begin which also means that Speech season is in full swing. The David City High School Speech Team is starting off the season fast as they competed at the Scout-Monarch Invitational on Jan. 7 and again at the Raymond Central Meet on Jan. 14.

Members of the 2017 Speech team include seniors Evan Forney, Iris Prochaska, and Becca Meusch; juniors Sarah Wolfenden, Bethany Tebbe, Brooke Bell, Josh Escamilla, Jackson Hardin, and Will Heller; sophomores Ebani Filbert, Olivia Bell, Ashley Roemmich, Miles Svoboda, Carter Ossian, Ariah Stara, Bernita Lunde, Laurel Ockander, and Macy Svoboda; freshmen Ivy Miller, Neleigh Kovar, Brittney Palik, Kirsten Bell, and Skylar Busch.

“The outlook of our team this year is quite good. While we only have a few seniors, we have plenty of experienced underclassmen and dedicated newcomers,” Forney said.

Practices for the DCHS Speech Team are held everyday and vary in times. Depending on the person and their own schedule, practices can go until nine o’clock. Speech Coach Jarod Ockander is very good on working with everyone, Prochaska said.

“Competitors perform the way they practice, so practicing perfectly becomes vitally important to the success of our team,” Jarod Ockander said. “We have some strong leaders who have practiced well, but we have some novice competitors who have plenty of room for improvement in their practice habits.​”

Results of the Scout-Monarch Invitational are as follows:, Entertainment: Kirsten Bell fourth and Top Novice and Brooke Bell sixth; Informative: Macy Svoboda fourth; Poetry: Hardin first, Meusch second, Kovar fifth and Top Novice; Humorous: Heller second, Prochaska fifth; OID:  Tebbe,Forney,Wolfenden, Brooke Bell, and Prochaska first; Miller, Kirsten Bell, Miles Svoboda, Busch, and Palik third; Olivia Bell, Roemmich, Filbert, and Escamilla fifth; Persuasive:  Laurel Ockander second, Meusch fifth; Duet: Hardin and Heller first; Roemmich and Forney second; Serious: Ossian first, Meusch second, Stara fifth; Extemporaneous: Ossian second, Laurel Ockander fifth, and Miles Svoboda sixth.

The following week, the Scouts competed at the Raymond Central Speech Meet and placed first as a team. Individual placing includes: Meusch first Serious, seventh in Poetry, fifth in Triathlon; Hardin second Poetry; Heller third Humorous; Prochaska fourth Humorous; Roemmich/Forney fifth Duet, Hardin/Heller seventh Duet; Tebbe, Forney, Wolfenden, Brooke Bell, and Prochaska 12th OID.