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Speech team begins season

January 27, 2018

 

The Oberlin speech team opened its 2018 season in Colby on Saturday, Jan. 27.  Despite being one of the smaller teams at the tournament, Oberlin began its season strong with three students placing in the top seven spots in their events.

 

Competing were senior Petra Trejo (prose, duet), juniors Tyler McHugh and Faith Meitl, (improvised duet acting) Dani Rouse and Faith (informative speaking), and freshmen Nathan Cartmell (prose) and Sarah Abernathy (duet with Petra).

 

Petra performed a prose cutting of “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl. According to Coach Ladd Wendelin, Petra, along with Faith and Tyler, had very strong outings both of the first two rounds before they were knocked down into fourth place spots in the third round. It was just enough to break them into finals. Faith and Tyler consistently received first place in the first two preliminary rounds.
 

The competition was fierce in finals, but Faith and Tyler managed to land a third-place finish in IDA, which qualifies them for state festival. Petra finished in seventh place in prose.

 

Faith also placed fifth in informative speaking with her speech on caring for goldfish.

 

 

“It was a very surprising day for all of us,” said Mr. Wendelin. “I had serious doubts about their preparedness going into this tournament. It was really encouraging to see some of these students get a taste of what success feels like after their hard work on their pieces.  The rest of the team now knows where they stand in terms of their readiness for competition, and I think we should see more surprising results in the coming weeks.”

 

The team will next compete in Norton on Saturday, February 3.

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