Area Students Crowned On Final Day Of NSAA State Speech Championships In Classes D1 & D2

The 2022 NSAA State Speech Championships wrapped up on Friday, March 18 as Classes D1 and D2 competed at Kearney High School with multiple area students placing in the final rounds.

In Class D1, Stapleton’s Megan Amos is the state champion in humorous prose in what was a very close final round. Megan finished in the final round with six points, the runner-up, Cole Story of Wausa, finished with seven points,  and Kaden Polt of Osmond earned eight points and finished in third.

Isabel Stallbaumer is the Class D1 Poetry Champion as she swept the final round with a perfect score. Isabel earned a spot in the finals after earning the third spot of six in the finals with two first place votes and a third place ranking in the preliminaries. In the finals, she earned first place votes from all three judges to take top spot in the poetry division.

In Class D2, Gradie Cunningham of Ansley is the humorous prose state champion after earning first place votes from two of the three judges and a third place vote from the third judge in the final round. The five points from the judges was one point less than the runner-up finisher Gunnar Oleson of Potter-Dix who finished with six points.

Arnold’s  duet team of Ella Cool and Reagan Cool finished as state champions on Friday after a fantastic performance in the final round. The pair earned two first place votes and a second place which was more than enough to take the top podium spot over one of the two duet teams in the finals from St. Mary’s.

Also in Class D2, Chancy Hoblyn-Bitner of Ansley finished runner-up in entertainment speaking, Samuel Coble of Mullen finished fourth and Brayden Phillips of Arcadia finished sixth in extemporaneous speaking, and Becca Smith of Sandhills finished sixth in poetry.

In the team race, Wausa cruised to a Class D1 state title with 202 points while Humphrey was able to edge out the rest of the field with 106 points to finish as the runner-up in Class D1. Callaway and Stapleton finished in a three-way tie for ninth with Shelton, all ending with 20 points.

In the Class D2 team race, Stuart was the state champion with 146 points and Potter-Dix was the runner-up with 104 points. Ansley finished in a three-way tie for seventh place with Pope John and Arthur County, all ending with 38 points. Arnold finished in 12th with 20 points, Mullen tied Heartland Lutheran for 15th with 14 points, and Arcadia and Sandhills tied for 19th with ten points.

Complete Class D1 Results

Complete Class D2 Results