The Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer speech team won the 2018 Pioneer Conference Speech meet on Monday, March 5, which was held at the HTRS School in Humboldt, Neb.
HTRS scored 202 points on its way to the championship; Tri County was runner-up with 142 points; Falls City received the third place plaque with 132 points; and Lourdes Central Catholic was fourth with 122 points.
The first place gold medal winners from HTRS were Anastasia Popham in persuasive; Grace Kanel in humorous prose; and the duet of Grace Kanel and Emma Shubert.
Other HTRS individual medal winners included Alex Flynn, who won second place in serious prose; Matilyn Stalder, who placed second in informative; and Camille Frey, for placing second in entertainment, fourth in persuasive and fifth in extemporaneous. The oral interpretation of drama team, including Bella Vasco, Katie Frey, Lauren Nanninga and Austin Herr, finished with a fourth-place medal.
HTRS speech also competed on Saturday, March 3 at the Waverly invite. The team was runner-up with 67 points, behind the champion, Auburn, with 83 points.
HTRS medalists were: Anastaisa Popham, first in varsity persuasive and third in varsity extemporaneous speaking; Alex Flynn, third in varsity serious prose; Clarence Schuler, fifth in varsity persuasive; Bella Vasco, fifth in varsity poetry; Camille Frey, sixth in varsity poetry; Cameron James, first in novice serious prose and fourth in novice humorous prose; Lauren Nanninga, first in novice poetry; Katie Frey, third in novice poetry and sixth in novice serious prose; Austin Herr, fourth in novice humorous prose; Joe Lamb, fourth in novice informative; and Joe Stalder, fifth in novice informative.
The team will finish the season with the speech district, to be held at HTRS on Monday, March 12. If any member finishes in the top three at districts, they will compete at the state championship held on the University of Nebraska – Kearney campus on March 23.
The HTRS speech team is coached by Carl Linnerson and Mandy Bowen.