Lincoln Southwest High School served as the host school May 8-10th for a national speech competition. Norfolk Senior High had seven students earn bids to compete in the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions. These seven students are L to R Krisayla Rasmussen, Ethan Carlson, Daniel Vinson, Austin Ahlman, Jonathan Baldacci, Brent Hausmann Uhing, Allison Lambert.
Allison Lambert, Krisayla Rasmussen, and Austin Ahlman all competed in “oratory” (133 competitors). After four rounds of competition, Austin advanced to quarterfinals (top 30) and finished in 20th place in the nation. Krisayla also competed in “expository speaking” which was a supplemental event. Daniel Vinson competed in “dramatic interpretation” (the largest event with 170 entries) and finished in the top 50. Austin Ahlman and Brent Carlson competed in “duet acting” and narrowly missed advancing to quarter finals and finished in 36th place. Ethan Carlson and Jonathan Baldacci also competed in “duet acting” and not only advanced to quarter finals, but went on to become semifinalists and finished in the top 12 nationwide.In June, Drew Steinhauser will travel to the National Speech and Debate Association contest in Dallas to compete in “congress” while Coach Begeman will also be recognized for earning the prestigious “Double Diamond” award in coaching.
Austin, Ethan, and Jonathan were all recognized at a very special awards ceremony on Sunday.