Nine members of the O'Neill Speech Team ventured to Norfolk High School for the Roger Maxwell Speech Invitation on Friday, November 12th. Other teams in attendance were Kearney, LIncoln East, North Platte, Omaha Mercy, Grand Island, Lincoln Northeast, Norfolk, Omaha Gross, and Norfolk Catholic. The team competed in ten events. Of those ten, three received medals. Results were:
Maranda Winter- 1st Place Novice Interpretation
Shane Miles, Nolan Swanson, Kevin Zakrzewski, and Allison Depko- 3rd Place Oral Interpretation of Drama
Morgan Langan- 5th Novice Interpretation
The team placed 5th out of 10 teams. Coach Brian Mohr said, "This was a great way to start off our season. The team got to see material that was high caliber especially for so early in the season. Teams like Kearney, Lincoln East, and North Platte are in the upper echelon of speech teams in the state regardless of class. Hopefully, it will serve as a motivation for what is possible through hard work, dedication, and a drive toward excellence. Now, we have to revise and polish existing events and get up new events to fill our team's entries out across the board before the brunt of our season starts in January." The team will host and compete in the O'Neill 'Speaking Eagle' Invitational on Saturday January 8th ,2010. If any community member would like to be a hired judge, please e-mail Brian Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org.