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Jeff Juenemann and Tabor Erickson continued Oberlin’s dominance in improvised duet acting at the state speech tournament. For the fifth year in a row, the DCHS Speech Team has a state champion team in IDA. This year it was Jeff and Tabor’s turn to win the gold.
State Speech was held at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita on Saturday, April 30.
According to Coach Ladd Wendelin Jeff and Tabor were ahead of the game from the beginning, earning a first, second and first in preliminaries, straight ones across the board in the semi-finals and a grand finish with a first, second, and first in finals. “Throughout the day, they were ahead of the pack in the rankings,” said Coach Wendelin. “The judges complimented Jeff on his keen use of physical comedy, while Tabor was the perfect ‘straight man’ to Jeff's wacky characters.”
Also competing at state were freshmen Faith Meitl and Jean Soderlund in duet acting. According to Coach Wendelin, Jean and Faith's duet did very well in preliminaries, finishing third, second, and fourth. They broke into semi-finals, where they earned a fifth, seventh and a third-place finish. “While they did not break into finals, they should be commended for an outstanding job and making it that far in the competition,” said Coach Wendelin. “Their chemistry and dynamism consistently impressed judges. They're quite a pair.”
Jonathon Howland and Tristen Davis also qualified for state, Jonathon in extemporaneous speaking and Tristen in oration.
Coach Wendelin said the team started strong out of the gate, and by second round, everyone had either a second or third place rating in their round. “Jonathon and Tristen were a bit shaky first and third rounds, respectively, and did not break into semi-finals,” said Coach Wendelin. Jonathon had a strong first round earning a second place, a third-place second round, and sixth in the third round. Tristen earned a sixth place in the first round, third place in the second round and fifth place in the round.
“We have a great group of kids, and it has been a pleasure working with them,” said Mr. Wendelin.
The Speech Team will celebrate the end of a successful season with the Evening of Forensics on Friday at 7 p.m. in the DCHS library. Awards will be handed out, refreshments provided, and the team will perform their pieces.
Morgan Jansonius and Ganon Henningson were back-to-back IDA state champions in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Molly Jansonius and Kaine Fredrickson were state champions, and in 2012, Cassidy Shields and Matt Glading were the state IDA champions. Jeff and Tabor are the fifth straight pair from Oberlin to win the state title.
Oberlin earned 13 superior ratings (I’s), seven excellent ratings, (II’s) and one good rating (III) at the state music festival held April 23 at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.
Earning I’s on their vocal solos were Alexandra Waterman, Dani Rouse, Celianna Shobe, Faith Meitl, Tabor Erickson, and Jeff Juenemann.
Instrumental soloists earning I’s were Luke Koerperich, percussion; Dani Rouse, flute; Alexandra Waterman, clarinet; Jean Soderlund, clarinet; and Zeke Jimenez, saxophone.
The woodwind quintet and the saxophone quartet also received I’s. The woodwind quintet consists of Dani Rouse, Sierra Hendrickson, Alexandra Waterman, Jean Soderlund, and Isabel Grafel. The sax quartet is Zeke Jimenez, Jonathon Howland, David Waterman and Zac Corbett.
Instrumentalists earning II’s on their solos were Isabel Grafel, French horn; Jonathon Howland, saxophone, and Faith Meitl, trumpet. Faith also received a III on her violin solo.
Receiving II’s were the women’s quartet, the DCHS Singers, the men’s ensemble, and the 9/10 women’s ensemble.
The women’s quartet is Alexandra Waterman, Sierra Hendrickson, Brittney Wesley, and Celianna Shobe.
The DCHS Singers include Keagen Blau, Kyleana Blau, Quinton Cook, Tristen Davis, Tabor Erickson, Sierra Hendrickson, Gatlin Hissong, Jeff Juenemann, Luke Koerperich, Jenna Long, Jillian Peters, Stacia Russ, Celianna Shobe, Alexandra Waterman, and Britney Wesley.
The men’s ensemble includes Quinton Cook, Tabor Erickson, Drew Juenemann, Kaden O’Hare, Zac Corbett, Luke Koerperich, AJ Zillinger, Jeff Juenemann, Dante Robertson, Gatlin Hissong, Tyler McHugh, and David Waterman.
The 9/10 women’s ensemble includes Clayton Carter, Emily Howland, Ravyn Van Vleet, Megan Lohoefener, Petra Trejo, Kara Haselhorst, Lindsey Eskew, Faith Meitl, Maddie Johnson, Jean Soderlund, Kyleana Blau, Dani Rouse, Stacia Russ, and Cindy Sheaffer.
To earn a trip to state, the music students first had to receive a I at the Regional Music festival.
OES hosted Muffins with Mom in March. This is the 10th year for the popular event. There was a great turnout as around 300 people gathered in the OES gym.
Moms, grandmothers, other family members, community members, and friends enjoyed the donuts, juice, and hot chocolate. They shared their breakfast, had lively conversation, and then had the opportunity to visit the classrooms.
Click on each image to see more pictures. More photos in another article.
Photos by Carol Dixson.
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