The Culver Academies speech team won the Logansport Speech Invitational on Feb. 9, with two individual entries taking first place, five finishing second, and six more placing third. Of the 44 Culver entries competing, 20 placed, earning Culver first among 20 teams. The team finishes the regular season at Kokomo High School on Feb. 23.
Champions: Dia King/Kortney Smith – Scripted Duo; Todd Newton – Poetry Interpretation.
Runners-up: Mindy Bauer – Broadcast; Anna-Christina Betekhtin – Original Performance; David Brown – U.S. Extemporaneous; Emily Hernandez/Todd Newton – Scripted Duo; Katrina Willis – Original Oratory.
Third place: Alina Badalich – Broadcast; Katie Bevil/Kirsten Pressler – Scripted Duo; David Brown – Impromptu; Peyton Gavlick/Claire Marshall – Memorized Duo; Melissa Ma – Poetry Interpretation; Maya Panicker – Declamation.