Culver Academies played host to 20 high school speech teams and 500 individual competitors at the annual Col. William F. Northam Memorial Speech Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Academies finished third overall with 30 of 52 individual entries placing in the top eight spots.
Alice Dendy, a senior from Oxford, England, won the novice radio category. Taking second in their categories were: Ian Bardwell, novice impromptu; Dana Brown, poetry interpretation; and Peter Talbot, varsity radio.
Third place finishers included: Lauren Engelbrecht, varsity poetry interpretation; Jesus Mancha, novice poetry; James Wu, novice discussion; and Charles Zhang, varsity discussion. Four place finishers included: Katie Bevil/Kirsten Pressler, varsity scripted Duo; and Sarina McCabe, novice original performance.
Fifth place finishers were: David Brown, varsity impromptu and U.S. extemporaneous; and Riley Reinhold, novice radio. Sixth place finishers were: Dana Brown/Lauren Engelbrecht, varsity scripted duo; Erin Luck, varsity prose interpretation; Calvin Petrucelli, novice U.S. extemporaneous; Tyler Sorg, varsity radio; Yifan Xu, international extemporaneous; and Frank Zhang, varsity international extemporaneous.
Finishing in seventh place were: Ivy Chen, novice declamation; George Devries, Novice U.S. Extemporaneous; Caleb Isom, novice impromptu; and Makenna Kayla Kershaw/Alaina Smith, varsity scripted duo. Taking eighth were: Aurora Arndt, novice international extemporaneous; Morgan Hartman, varsity original performance; Sarah Hickey/Meranda Ma, varsity scripted duo; Harry Kang, varsity international extemporaneous; Sarina McCabe, novice prose; Maya Panicker, varsity declamation; and Sandra Smith, varsity discussion.
The speech team’s next Indiana High School Forensic Association competition is at Valparaiso High School on Saturday, Dec. 6.