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Sidney Drama is #4 in the STATE!!!


January 30, 2019 | View PDF

Daniel Schneider & Shoua Vang placed 1st in Classical Theatre (photos by Christy Pierce).

Sidney Speech, Drama and Debate Team travelled to Belgrade for the Class A State Tournament with 18 competitors ready to give it their all. Friday the team competed in 3 rounds with a single judge in the room. Saturday there were 2 more rounds, then the lowest score was dropped, and the top 16 moved on to Semi Finals where they have 3 judges, after the scores were totaled the top 8 moved on to Finals. Debate is a little different because they also have Quarter Finals.

In order to compete at State a competitor must place at Divisionals and unfortunately freshman Lexy Obergfell who competed valiantly in Impromptu Speaking was left behind.

The Speech Team coached by Gail Staffanson had 4 competitors competing in Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory & Memorized Public Address.

Impromptu Speaking is when a speaker is given a phrase or cartoon and then they have 3 minutes to write a 5-7 minute speech. Senior Shanyn Reidle competed in Impromptu at state and she made it all the way to Semi Finals.

Ordinal Oratory is Original written work by the student that is in the persuasive nature. Freshman Abby Kyhl competed in Original Oratory. She made it to state.

Memorized Public Address Material used in this event are addresses which have originally been presented by the author as an address in a speaker/audience situation. Juniors Christine Turek placed 5th and Shea Roberts made it to semifinals.

The Debate Team coached by Hunter Gordon had 5 competitors competing in 2 different debate categories, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas.

Public Forum Debate focuses on the advocacy of a position derived from the issues presented in the resolution, not a prescribed set of burdens. Sophomores Jazmine Hernadez and Brandon Smith competed at state ending with a 2-3 record.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate is given a topic and then they either argue affirmative or negative.

Junior Lorraine Coronato made it all the way to quarter finals with a 4-1 record placing 5th in the state beating all the competitors in the EAST. Samuel Stephenson competed with a 3-2 record, Yarenci Gonzalez ended her season with a 2-3 record.

The Drama Team coached by Christy Pierce finished 4th in the State having 9 competitors in 4 Drama categories Dramatic Solo, Humorous Solo, Humorous Duo and Classical Duo.

Dramatic Solo is the toughest drama event this season. Competitors memorize a piece that is of the serious nature. Junior Autumn Davidson made it to Semi Finals missing out on Finals by 1 point. Sophomore Josie Yockim made it to Semi Finals.

Humorous Solo compete with a piece that is of a humorous nature. Freshman Kodi Schulz made it to Semi Finals missing out on finals by 1 point.

Humorous Duo is of the humorous nature with 2 competitors. Seniors Josh Delaney and Tyler Berka made it to Semi Finals.

Classical Theatre is an event that may be serious or humorous in nature. The piece must be published at least 75 years ago.

Sophomores Daniel Schneider and Shoua Vang are STATE CHAMPIONS, Tyler Berka & Josh Delaney placed 5th, Noah Kyhl & Isaac Quiroz placed 6th.

The 2018-2019 season has come to an end, it was an amazing season and I am looking forward to next year.


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