DHS Speakers Place Seventh in Major Meet

posted Dec 10, 2013, 10:18 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Dec 10, 2013, 10:29 AM ]


FORT WAYNE — DeKalb High School’s speech team placed seventh out of 28 schools competing at the Northrop High School Speech Invitational in Fort Wayne on Saturday. 

A total of 430 students from all around the state participated. The top eight teams earned trophies. Fishers won the meet, followed in order by Warren Central, Plymouth, Carroll, Canterbury, Ben Davis, DeKalb and Concord. 

“DeKalb speakers competed well last Saturday against the best competition the state of Indiana has to offer,” said head coach Andy Comfort. “The Northrop Invitational is one of the biggest meets of the season aside from the state meet in March. It was challenging to match up against some giant Indianapolis schools such as Warren Central, Ben Davis and Fishers. And, of course, Plymouth and Carroll are both perennial regional powers. One of the aforementioned high schools will probably win the overall state championship this year.“

He added, “I was really pleased with the effort junior Clay Travis showed under this intense competition. Clay had his best performance of the year with second showings in both extemp and impromptu. Also, senior Codey Albers displayed why he has one of the best broadcasting voices in the area. And of course, junior Vince Rainelli wins another blue ribbon for the third consecutive meet.”

Individuals placing for DeKalb were:

• first place — Vince Rainelli, novice dramatic interpretation;

• second place — Codey Albers, varsity broadcasting; Clay Travis, novice impromptu and novice international extemporaneous;

• third place — Annie Ebert, novice original oratory;

• fourth place — Dani Esterline, varsity U.S. extemporaneous; Alison Kennedy, novice original oratory; Abby Bainbridge, novice original performance; Sam Comfort, novice U.S. extemporaneous;

• sixth place — Will Pierce, novice impromptu;

• seventh place — Logan Babcock, novice international extemporaneous; Cameron Stokes, novice U.S. extemporaneous; and

• eighth place — Brinn Ruiz, novice broadcasting.

DeKalb will compete next at Canterbury High School in mid-January.

Article from by The Star on Tuesday, December 10, 2013