The Culver Academies speech team qualified 29 entries for the Indiana High School Forensic Association’s state speech tournament on Saturday, March 12. The list includes five sectional champions and six sectional runners-up.
The students advanced to the state meet after winning their fourth straight sectional title at McCutcheon High School. The top six finishers in each category qualify for the state tournament, which is held at Fisher’s High School. Students may qualify in more than one category. A total of 88 schools competed in eight sectionals across Indiana.
Highlighted sectional performances included Clay Kingsbury ’16 (Raleigh, N.C.), who took first place in Impromptu and teamed with Katie Bevil ’16 (Omaha, Neb.) to place second in Memorized Duo. Bevil also was runner-up in Broadcast. Ethan Carter ’16 (Aurora, Colo.) took second in two categories: Humorous Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.
Other sectional champions included Aurorah Arndt ’17 (Appleton, Wis.), International Extemporaneous Speaking; Hali Hanley ’18 (Argos, Ind.) and Regan Murphy ’18 (Plainfield, Ill.), Scripted Duo; Sarina McCabe ’18 (South Bend, Ind.), Original Performance; and Sandra Smith ’17 (Walla Walla, Wash.), Discussion.
Other runners-up were Hallie Rauch ’16 (Evansville, Ind.), Impromptu; and Reilly Reinhold ’18 (Culver), Declamation.
The work done by the students would not be possible without the help of volunteer judges, Barnes said.
“Culver speech is so proud of our Culver and speech team alumni for judging at sectionals,” he added. “This year’s group continues the tradition of area alumni serving as neutral judges at sectionals and state. Thank you so much.”