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Speech team has strong showing at Rushville

The New Castle Speech Team placed third out of 11 teams Feb. 3 at the Rushville meet. 

Junior Oliver Tompkins earned perfect scores in poetry and was named champion in that event.

His program is called Sensitive Men and used the poem “Wussy Body Manifesto” by Big Poppa E and “Careful What You Ask For” by Jack McCarthy.

Seniors Tallon Boling and Priscilla Espiritu also recorded perfect scores for the day and were champions in Duo with their performance of “Barbara’s Wedding,” Daniel Stern’s one-act play about the neighbors of Barbara Streisand on her wedding day.

New Castle junior Jennifer Baker finished second, junior Katelyn Goodpaster finished sixth and sophomore Nic Besecker was eighth in discussion.

The team of sophomore Carmela Lopezfilio and senior Clair Goodwin took fifth in Duo with their performance of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”

Senior Seth Carter and junior Jonathan Davis were sixth in Duo with their piece “The Secret Origin of Mojo Man.”

The duo of juniors Vincent Cuellar and Nick Taylor took seventh with their piece “The Lore of the D-Rings,” a spoof on Lord of the Rings using speech team references to create the humor in the selection.

Juniors Karigon Schatzer and Brook Keesling took ninth in Duo with their piece “Heads Up, Off, Whatever: An Oral Book Report on Marie Antoinette.”

Carter also received the third place ribbon in Prose with “The Lost Liver,” a short story by Christopher Orlet, and Espiritu also finished sixth in Impromptu.

Senior Amona Ash took seventh in Poetry with the found poem “Darkness into Light” that she created from 10 other poems. Brook Keesling finished ninth in Poetry with her poems about the environment.

In Program Oral Interpretation (POI), Carmela Lopezfilio took fourth place with her program about masks and hiding our true selves. Clair Goodwin finished in fifth with her program about the hardships of people with low IQs.

“Tallon and Priscilla and Oliver have all been practicing frequently and striving toward improvements,” speech team coach Susan Delay said. “That hard work paid off this past weekend as they earned what in speech circles is known as a ‘picket fence.’ This means they earned 1-1-1-1 (straight first place rankings) in every round of the competition by every judge. This is something to be striven for and its achievement is rare.”

Delay was also pleased that all of New Castle’s duo teams placed at the meet, as did all three of students who competed in discussion.

“This was a great meet to build up team unity as we cheered on all of the students who placed,” Delay said.

Along with Delay, assistant coach Jeff Myers, volunteer assistant coach Xania Thurston and team parent James Baker served as judges at the event Saturday.

Cathedral won the tournament followed by Culver Academy.

“This was the strongest showing for the team this season,” Delay said. “With only one regular season meet remaining, this Saturday at Logansport, the team is looking toward a strong sectional performance on Feb. 24. which the team will be hosting this year.”

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