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W-P freshman takes sixth at State Speech in Kearney PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 April 2012 18:58

Christi Christner, here with Speech Coach Liz Noler (left), took sixth place at State Speech.


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


Freshman Christi Christner led seven Bronco performers with a sixth place finish at State Speech March 22 and 23 in Kearney. Christner performed “My Mother’s Touch” by Lauren D. Yee.

The colorful cover caught Christner’s eye and the story about a volatile mother/daughter relationship gave her a palette of emotions to use in the serious prose category.

Christner earned sixth place at RPAC and first at districts. When asked what improvements she made Christner said she used more pregnant pauses and gestures to increase her performance time from six minutes, 30 seconds on her first attempt to nine minutes, 45 seconds heading into state competition. Participants may use a maximum of ten minutes, 30 seconds.

Those who make the finals perform the speech a total of three times. The two preliminary rounds are each in front of one judge, while the finals are in front of three.

Christner said she was impressed by the high competition level at State.

Though not a fan of speech at first, Christner says she’s glad she stuck with it and didn’t quit.

In fact, she’s already got the next three years of speech planned out. As a sophomore she wants to participate in a duet with her brother John, who will be a senior in the fall. As a junior, she would like to try poetry and move on to extemporaneous as a senior.

She wants to stick with serious categories because of the opportunity to use a variety of emotions.

Brett Klima placed 10th out of 18 in the persuasive category.

Oral interpretation of drama team of Wes Anderjaska, Weylin Davis, Conner Kayton, Jacob Maris and Hayden Pollmann finished in 11th place out of 18 teams with their performance of “The Great Squatch Hunt.”


Last Updated on Friday, 06 April 2012 19:01