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Jeff and Tabor place second at State

May 06, 2017

It was a tough day of competition at Bishop Carroll in Wichita this weekend for the DCHS Speech Team. Amongst 42 schools, the team competed with a small team of three entries.
Jeff Juenemann and Tabor Erickson competed in Improvised Duet Acting, hoping to capture the coveted two-time IDA champs title, while Luke and Micha performed their scene from the Spring play Almost, Maine entitled "Her Heart". Stacia rounded out the team with her Informative speech on Korean pop music. 
The three preliminary rounds set the tone for the competition that would go into Semi-Finals, with Jeff and Tabor cleaning house - straight I's, '25' ratings all three rounds. But where they effortlessly soared above the competition. Luke, Micha and Stacia struggled to catch up in the rankings. Luke and Micha finished with a 6th, 6th and 4th place, and Stacia received a 6th, 7th and 7th - not strong enough scores to break into Semi-Finals. 

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"In third round, Luke and Micha actually competed against another duo performing the same piece," Coach Ladd Wendelin said. "It didn't work out in their favor that round."
The competition started to take some odd twists and turns in Semi-Finals. Jeff and Tabor scored a 1st, 1st, and a 4th place from one of the judges. 
"They simply did not win over this third judge for some inexplicable reason," Coach Wendelin said. "All the judges loved Jeff and Tabor's chemistry and characterizations, but the Semi-Finals judge wasn't buying any of it." 
Despite this, Jeff and Tabor managed to break into Finals, and performed a scene featuring an auctioneer and a female Bachelor contestant making sandwiches in a convenience store. The pair finished the season with a 2nd, 4th, and 3rd place from judges.
"Admittedly, it wasn't their best scene," Coach Wendelin said. "In some ways, it could've been stronger."
First place in IDA went to, Chloe Akers and Cavan McCabe of Lawrence-Bishop Seabury Academy, who took second to Jeff and Tabor at last year's State Champs. 
"Make no mistake, everyone was very proud of Jeff and Tabor, and they certainly leave a very strong legacy behind on the Speech team," Coach Wendelin said. 
Prior to the tournament, on Friday, the students also enjoyed dinner and a movie at Olive Garden in Salina, after which they saw the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. 
The Speech Team will host their annual Evening of Forensics on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the school library for team awards and performances from the team. The public is invited to attend. 

Photos courtesy of Dana Koerperich


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