DCHS Speech team dominates for second consecutive State Title

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The DCHS Speech team sit with the state championship trophy. The team won state with a total of 202 points.

Madisen Paulson

On Thurs., March 23, individuals from the David City High School Speech team won State at UNK.

Leading up to State, the Speech team competed in roughly 14 meets throughout the whole season and state is where they want to end up.

State is a big accomplishment for most which means it was probably a long, tough day for the Speech team. Running over speeches constantly, making sure they were perfect.

The Scouts sent 13 events to State and 12 placed, those are as follows: OID: Evan Forney, Brooke Bell, Iris Prochaska, Bethany Tebbe, and Sarah Wolfenden first; Duet: Ashley Roemmich and Evan Forney sixth, Jackson Hardin and Will Heller first; Humorous Prose: Prochaska fourth; Serious Prose: Becca Meusch fifth; Persuasive: Macy Svoboda second, Laurel Ockander first; Informative: Svoboda third, Tebbe first; Poetry: Meusch second, Hardin first; Exempt: Ockander fourth.

“This was my third year on the Speech team, and my first year making it to state,” Prochaska said. “Being on the team has came with many challenges, like overcoming my stage fright, becoming a better public speaker, and improving my communication and memorization skills. There is a competitive environment in speech which motivates me to do my best. Speech has been a lot of fun, and I’ve made many friends and many memories being apart of the team.”

While at State, competitors had to recite their speeches a total of six times. A lot of hard work and dedication had to be put into their speeches throughout the whole season.

“Next year I have a goal to work harder on Exempt, but also work on being more consistent in my placings at smaller meets,” sophomore Laurel Ockander said. “Next year I hope to do well in my other events and be much more competitive against others.”  

Overall, State was a success for the 2017 Speech team. For the second year in a row, they placed first, dominating the competition with a 96 point lead over State runners-up Malcolm.

“We are losing three seniors, but hopefully, it will open some opportunities for some younger people to help contribute to our State goals,” Speech Coach Jarod Ockander said. “We hope to be competitive and try to win our third year in a row.”