David City hosts annual Speech Invitational

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Staci Worm hands sophomore Olivia Bell a medal. This is the first year Bell has been apart of the team.

Madisen Paulson

The David City High School Speech team hosted a National Individual Events Tournament of Champions Bid Meet on Sat., Feb. 11.

A total of 27 schools participated, with 638 entries and 506 students. Since David City hosted the tournament, they were unable to place as a team.

Speech is a sport that involves lots of communication skills and being able to express emotions while getting the point across.

“I think that if we keep practicing and get in touch with our emotions, we can remember our speeches easier,” sophomore Ebani Filbert said.

The Invitational concluded with two champions from David City. Even though the team did not participate in finals for every event, sophomore Macy Svoboda took first in Informative and junior Jackson Hardin also first in POI.

Results of the DC Invitational are as follows: POI: Will Heller 4th, Becca Meusch 2nd, Jackson Hardin 1st; Persuasive: Olivia Bell 4th; Poetry: Neely Kovar 5th, Becca Meusch 4th, Jackson Hardin 2nd; OID JV: 3rd, Champs: 5th; Informative: Macy Svoboda 1st; and Exempt: Laurel Ockander 4th, Carter Ossian 2nd.

Since the home invitational, the Scouts placed ninth at Lincoln East on Fri., Feb. 17 and first at Aquinas on Sat., Feb. 18. Looking forward, the Speech team will be competing at the Southern Nebraska Conference meet hosted by Wilbur-Clatonia on Sat., Feb. 25.

“Brownell-Talbot will be a formidable opponent for us at Districts and State. If we can find a way to practice and get rid of excuses, we can have a championship season,” Speech Coach Jarod Ockander said. “If we continue to make excuses, we probably will not live up to our potential. Ultimately, that is in the hands of the students and the leadership they show as a team.”