Conference champion speaksters

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COALERS ARE CONFERENCE champions in speech. The team captured the title at the Illinois Central Eight [ICE] Conference Speech tournament at Wilmington High School on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The winning team is comprised of [from left, row one]: Jada Moore, Lana Larson, Madison Wilson, Kayla Connelly, Izzy Kostbade, Kevin McConnell, Jacob Cimino and Karli Pierson. Standing are: Melody Kinder, Gio Bruno, Alyssa Parks, Logan Hausman, Chessa Kuhel, Kate Promis, Carrina Barkley, Sam Vota, Angie Seeley, Grey Vanek and Dominic Cimino.


The Coalers are the top speaksters in their conference. With eight individual first place finishes and 19 medals overall, the team won the conference championship title in the Illinois Central Eight.

In a rare weekday tournament, 19 members of the speech team traveled to Wilmington High School for the conference meet on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Individual conference champions were Kevin McDonnell and Chessa Kuhel in humorous duet acting [HDA], Izzy Kostbade in humorous interpretation [HI], Amelia Fritz in informative speaking [IS], Corinna Barkley and Karli Pierson tied for first in special occasion speaking [SOS] and Logan Hausman and Madison Wilson also tied for first in dramatic interpretation [DI].

Additional members of the conference team were Melody Kinder, Kayla Connelly, Gio Bruno, Jada Moore, Lana Larson, Alyssa Parks, Jacob Cimino, Sam Vota, Angie Seeley, Dominic Cimino and Grey Vanek.

A few days prior to the conference meet, the Coalers captured second place at the Waubonsie Valley tournament.

First place medals were won by Kostbade, HI; Kuhel and McConnell, HDA, and Barkley, SOS.

Second place finishers were Hausman and Bruno, dramatic duet acting [DDA] and McConnell in original comedy [OC]. Fritz earned a third place finish in informative speaking [INF] and Vanek in HI.

Vanek and her speaking partner Sam Vota took fourth place in DDA and Cimino, Wilson and Kinder all earned a fifth place finish in extemporaneous speaking [ES], radio [RS] and original oratory [OO] respectively.

The team also had to sixth place finishes with Pierson in SOS and Wilson in DI.

Additionally, Kinder and Dominic Cimino were finalists in oratorical declamation [OD] and Kuhel in prose [PR].

The team finished out the week at the Sandwich Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Seeley captured second place in OC and Dominic Cimino was third in ES.

Fourth place medals went to Vanek and Vota in DDA, Moore in INF and Pierson in SOS. Vanek also earned a medal in HI.

Fifth place finishes were posted by Grace Heatherwick in INF, Moore in poetry reading and the HDA duo of Seeley and Connelly.
Heatherwick and Connelly also earned sixth place finishes in ES and OD respectively.

The Coalers are preparing for the upcoming state series that begins with regional action Feb. 4 followed by the sectional tournament and the state finals in Peoria the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18. Reed-Custer is set to host the regional and Morris the sectional.