16 Area Students Earn Medals At 2021 NSAA Speech Championships

16 Area Students Earn Medals At 2021 NSAA Speech Championships
Landyn Cole and Reagan Cool (Arnold) Class D2 Duet Champions. Arnold Public Schools.

KEARNEY— The 2021 NSAA State Speech Championships were held in Kearney March 18-19 at Kearney High School and Horizon Middle School. A number of area teams from the KCNI/KBBN area competed in the championships with a handful of students qualifying for the final rounds.

In Class D2, five schools had at least one student place in the top six in the finals including a championship pairing from Arnold High School. Reagan Cool and Landyn Cole were D2 Duet Acting Champions after earning first-place votes from all three judges. Chancey Hoblyn-Bitner and Gradie Cunningham of Ansley also had a great day for duet acting, where they had tied a duet team from Elgin, but thanks to the judges’ preference vote, was able to take fifth place.


Class D2 Top 6 Individual Medalists (NameSchoolCategoryPlacing):

Reagan Cool and Landyn ColeArnoldDuet1st Place

Chancey Hoblyn-Bitner and Gradie CunninghamAnsleyDuet5th Place

Chancey Hoblyn-BitnerAnsleyEntertainment5th Place

Samuel CobleMullenExtemp.4th Place

Brayden PhillipsArcadiaExtemp.6th Place

Miriam GanoungSandhillsSerious5th Place


Ansley-11th Place
Arnold-13th Place
Mullen-18th Place
Sandhills-20th Place
Arcadia-22nd Place


Class D1 Top 6 Individual Medalists (NameSchoolCategoryPlacing):

Hannah Burnside and Trinity HansenStapletonDuet6th Place

Trinity HansenStapletonInformative4th Place

Josh McFateCallawayHumorous6th Place

Isabel StallbaumerCallawayPoetry6th Place


Stapleton-12th Place
Callaway-13th Place


Class C2 Top 6 Individual Medalists (NameSchoolCategoryPlacing):

Bailey KuehlLoup CityEntertainment2nd Place

Cami FultonLoup CityExtemp.-2nd Place

Cameron RussellLoup CityHumours4th Place

Randi ReikofskiLoup CityPersuasive3rd Place


Loup City-4th Place


Class B Top 6 Individual Medalist (NameSchoolCategoryPlacing):

Jacob SmallcombBroken BowExtemp.-6th Place