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Student speakers compete at nationals

Students from Lincoln East, Southwest, Southeast and Lincoln High Schools competed at the National Speech and Debate in Birmingham, Alabama last week.

Southwest High School had two students qualify to compete in the elimination round for the top 60 competitiors:

- Kameron Heimes in Program Oral Interpretation, which started with 338 competitors

- Alex Winters in Dramatic Interpretation, which started with 346 competitors

Southwest's Mary Pinnell was in the Quarterfinals (top 30) for Program Oral Interpretation.

 East High School had six students qualify to compete in the elimination round for the top 60 competitors:

- Senior Miles Wilkins in Dramatic Interpretation, which started with 346 competitors

- Junior Ellie Woody in Original Oratory, which started with 357 competitors

- Seniors Ojus Jain & Sam Wismer in Public Forum, which started with 373 competitors

- Junior Hunter Guru & Junior Jesse Lin in Policy Debate, which started with 289 competitors

- Junior Annie Jia made it to the TOP 32 in Extemporaneous Debate, which started with 1073 competitors.

East senior Jenna Tuckerman was a quarterfinalist (top 30) in Program Oral Interpretation, which started with 338 competitors. Jenna ranked 15th and was next-out to the semifinal.

East Sophomore Sydni Springer was a Semifinalist (top 12) in Expository Speaking, which started with 313 competitors.

East and Southwest tied to score more points at the national tournament than any other speech team from Nebraska.


Published: June 29, 2017, Updated: June 30, 2017

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