Loup City had a host of students represent the school during the 2022 NSAA State Speech Championships in Kearney on Thursday, March 18 where the team finished top 10 in Class C2.
Of the twelve speeches given during completion, two of those speeches qualified for the finals where the students made the most of their opportunity.
The Duet Acting team of Cameron Russell and Ellie Oxford are state champions after finishing with near-perfect scores in the final round and first-place votes from two of the three judges. In the preliminary rounds, the pair earned first-place votes in the first two rounds, but ended the third round with a fifth-place finish. The total rank and head-to-head was enough to put them into the final round as the fourth of six finalists where they excelled and finished atop the podium.
In one of the most difficult categories, Extemporaneous Speaking, Cami Fulton will finish as the Class C2 runner-up after putting together a great performance in the final round. In the preliminary round, Cami finished third after the three rounds of competition to punch her ticket to the finals. In the final round, she earned a first-place vote and two second-place votes from the three judges which placed her in a tie with Pawnee City’s Ashlynn Hartman. Through the judges preference, Hartman was given the gold medal and Cami finished runner-up in Extemporaneous Speaking.
In the team races, David City was the Class C1 State Champion with 142 points while Malcolm finished runner-up with 124 points. In Class C2, Hartington-Newcastle was the team State Champion with 118 points and Twin River finished as the runner-up with 70 points. Loup City finished 7th in the team race with 38 points.