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Four Sugarbeeters Compete at State Speech and Drama Competition


January 30, 2019

The Chinook High School Speech and Drama team sent four members to Three Forks to compete at the State Speech and Drama meet. Junior Jace Pursley had a fantastic meet, finishing second place in Pantomime. Shay Hauer and Liam Edwards placed seventh in Humorous Duo. Grace Ymzon also performed very well at the state meet and the quartet secured a fourth place finish overall in Class C. Pictured above, back row: Shay Hauer and Jase Pursley. Front row: Grace Ymzon and Liam Edwards.

Four members of the Chinook High School Speech and Drama Team competed at State Competition this past weekend, January 25 and 26 in Three Forks. Jase Pursley placed second in pantomime, and freshmen Shay Hauer and Liam Edwards placed seventh in humorous duo with their piece about lies. The drama team was fourth overall for Class C, just one point away from third and two points from second, proving how tight state competition can be.

Jase Pursley, Grace Ymzon, Shay Hauer and Liam Edwards advanced to State after successful placings in the Divisional Tournament held in Malta on January 19, where the Drama Team also captured second place in Class C Sweepstakes.

As with any sport heading into tournament time, the level of competitive drive is heightened at divisional and state competition, and competitors have amplified their game, given the amount of time each has had to sharpen performances.

According to Tammy Edwards, "After performing a piece repeatedly, it is hard to keep it fresh and funny, but Liam and Shay love to act together, and we're super proud of them for getting this far during their first year. I wonder what they'll do next year?"

Often on the bus rides home after a regular meet, competitors will read their comment sheets, and based on judge's feedback and later, on coaching input in the practice room, they adjust their performances. This kind of polish helps them to shine in the next meet.

To earn their places to compete at State, Jase Pursley took second in Pantomime at the Divisional Tournament, Grace Ymzon captured fourth in Humorous Solo, and Shay Hauer and Liam Edwards won fourth place in Humorous Duo. Gavin Lemro, with his seventh place in Humorous Solo contributed to the team's accumulation of total points to capture the Sweepstakes prize. Wylee Brown, with her eighth place in Humorous Oral Interpretation, was the only Speech team member who placed. The top six competitors in each category at divisional competition qualified for the state meet.


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