Speech Coach: 
Tommy Bender

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Congratulations to the LSE Speech Team on their performance at the NIETOC National Speech Tournament at Lincoln Southwest over the weekend of May 9, 2015. Making Quarterfinals and placing 18th in the Nation in Duet Acting were John Golden and Taylor Griffith.  Finalist and placing 6th in the Nation in Oratory Speaking was Jake Moore.  Also placing in the top third of their event were the Duo Interpretation of Sam Colwell and Abby Vokoun, who were 35th overall, and Sam Colwell in Dramatic Interpretation, who was 41st overall.  In addition, the team placed 21st of approximately 100 schools from 30 states with right at 800 total entries. Fantastic Job Knights!



Congratulations to the LSE Speech Team on their runner up performance at District Speech on Tuesday, March 17, 2015!

Finalists were: Taylor Griffith and John Golden - 3rd in Duet Acting, Austin Coudriet and Nora Larson - 4th in Duet Acting, Sam Colwell - Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, Taylor Griffith - 6th in Dramatic Interpretation, Sam Colwell - Champion in Poetry, John Golden - 2nd in Poetry, Abby Vokoun - 3rd in Humorous Prose, Austin Coudriet - 5th in Humorous Prose, Jake Moore - Champion in Persuasive, Jake Moore - Champion in Extemporaneous, Annie Hua - 3rd in Extemporaneous, Conner Vokoun - 2nd in Informative, Peri Cuppens - 4th in Informative, Conner Vokoun - 4th in Entertainment, Zoie Taylore - 5th in Entertainment. In addition, the Group Drama team of Sam Bates, Ben Herbel, Nora Larson, Greyson McCown, and Zoie Taylore was 2nd, and the Group Drama team of Rachel Balter, Aidan Cummins, Mason Gish, Noah Mason, and Abby Vokoun was 4th. Those finishing 4th or better move on to State Speech, which means Southeast has 14 events qualified for the State Tournament at Kearney this year! Great Job, Knights!

January 27, 2014:  Over the weekend, the LSE Speech team performed well at both the Fremont and Lincoln Southwest invitationals.  Medaling were Kathryne Shelburne in Dramatic Interpretation, Abby Vokoun in Humorous Interpretation, Sam Colwell in Dramatic Interpretation, Jake Moore in Extemporaneous and Persuasive Speaking, and Rachel Balter, Miranda Dorsey, Sam Bates, and Austin Coudriet in Duo Interpretation.  Earning their first bid to the National Tournament of Champions tournament were Sam Colwell, Abby Vokoun, and Jake Moore.  Overall, we placed 8th out of around 30 teams at Lincoln Southwest.


The LSE Speech Team had a great district tournament on March 15, 2014 at Lincoln Southwest!  We had 16 of 18 events make finals, and 11 events qualify for the State Tournament by placing 4th or better, and overall we finished as District Runner-Up. 

Those placing in finals were: 
Annie Hua - 5th in Persuasive, and 5th in Extemporaneous
Austin Coudriet - 6th in Humorous Prose
Noah Mason, Miranda Dorsey, Peri Cuppens, Rachel Balter, and Hunter Sieckmeyer - 6th in Oral Interpretation of Drama
Taylor Griffith - 7th in Dramatic Interpretation
Those placing and qualifying for State were:
Jerrica Howard and John Golden - District Champions in Duet Acting
Austin Coudriet and Sam Bates - 4th in Duet Acting
Taylor Griffith - 3rd in Entertainment Speaking
Jake Moore - 3rd in Extemporaneous and 3rd in Persuasive Speaking
Abby Vokoun - 2nd in Humorous Interpretation
Maddi Jurgens - 2nd in Informative Speaking
Peri Cuppens - 3rd in Informative Speaking
Abby Vokoun, Nora Larson, Jerrica Howard, John Golden, and Sam Bates - 3rd in Oral Interpretation of Drama
Sam Colwell - 3rd in Poetry, and 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
Next up - State Speech on Thursday, March 27th at the University of Nebraska - Kearney.


March 27, 2014 - The LSE Speech Team had a great day at the NSAA State Championship, placing 4th overall, with four events in finals.  Placing were Sam Colwell - 4th in Dramatic Interpretation and 3rd in Poetry Interpretation, and Jake Moore - 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 2nd in Persuasive Speaking.  In addition, all eleven events that qualified for State received Superior ratings.