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PHS Speech Team Wins Culver Academies

November 18, 2011

11/21/11 Plymouth High School Speech and Debate Team members have once again proven that they are among the strongest competitors in the state.  On November 12, the team captured the top team placing at Culver Academies by amassing 180 points. Their nearest competitor was the Munster High Schoolteam with 161 points followed by Culver Academies with 132.

Thirteen teams comprising of 450 individual competitors entered the contest.

The tournament was divided into two categories for novice and varsity competitors. The contest marked the first time that many of the novice team members had presented before adult judges. Several of the novice and varsity members completed in more than one event.

Placings for PHS in Varsity were as follows:

United StatesExtemporaneous:  Michaila Nate, first; Kelsey Shaffer, second.

International Extemporaneous: Rebecca Brumbaugh, first; Patrick Felke, second.

Drama: Jessica Clevelend, first; Olivia Hilliard, second; April Bowen, third; Kirsten Harner, sixth.

Humor: Ellen Smith, third; Ben Piazza, seventh.

Memorized Duo: Jason Pickell /Kyle Barry, second.

Scripted Duo: Kirsten Harner / Becca Houser, first.

Poetry: Jason Pickell, second; Cassie Gaines, third; Kate Peters, eighth.

Declamation: Ellen Smith, fourth; Ashton Morrow, seventh.

Impromptu: Kelsey Shaffer, first; Michaila Nate, second; Patrick Felke, fifth.

Discussion: Jon Howard, third.

Radio: April Bowen, second.

Novice placings as follows:

Drama: Chase Holzwart, fourth.

Humor: Sammi Davis, third; Stephanie Anderson, sixth.

International Extemporaneous: Kylee Rippy, first; Katie Hickman, third.

United StatesExtemporaneous: Brantlee Joseph, sixth.

Prose: Kalee Lowry, fifth; Christie Gorka, sixth; Garrick Nate, eighth.

Poetry: Christie Gorka, first; Anna Piazza, second.

Declamation: Jenna Wood, seventh.

Impromptu: Kylee Rippy, third; Katie Hickman, sixth; Brantlee Joseph, seventh.

Discussion: Jake Marohn, fourth; Megan Sutton, fifth; Layne Holloway, seventh.

Radio: Travis Tredway, seventh.

Original Performance: Shelby Pratt, fifth.