Tonganoxie speech students excel
Once again, Tonganoxie High School students' talents are showing strong.
Coach Steve Harrell said at Saturday's state championship speech tournament held at Highland Park High School, Topeka, the Tonganoxie team took third place out of 45 schools.
Students winning medals were:
Darren Welch, first place in informative speaking; Jessica Sturgeon, second place in informative speaking and sixth place in extemporaneous speaking; Jordan Smith, third place in extemporaneous speaking; Amy Earhart, fifth place in oration.
Semi-finalists at the meet included:
Darren Welch, extemporaneous speaking; Rebekah Clinger, oration; Angela Pestock, poetry interpretation.
Others who participated at the state meet were Luke Manson, Marissa Stephenson, Tasha Johnson, Bryce Downey and Janacae McCoy.
Meanwhile, at the Kansas speech and acting championship, held Saturday at Johnson County Community College, the following students took one ratings: Devin Hughey, humorous solo acting; Derek Terry, humorous solo acting; Sarah Mages, humorous solo acting; Colby Craig, humorous solo acting; Andrew Becker, extemporaneous speaking; Derrick Terry and Tony Aligo, duet acting; and Gerren Vincent, poetry interpretation.
Receiving a two rating were: Caleb Poterbin, extemporaneous speaking; Gerren Vincent, serious solo acting; and Jordan McCarty and Janelle McCoy, duet acting.
Next on the agenda for Tonganoxie High School's speech and debate students is national competition, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in Rochester, N.Y.