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Speech team competes in Devils Lake

By Staff | Feb 13, 2015

Submitted The Rugby Speech team took fourth place at a meet in Devils Lake last week.

With only three meets notched in their handles, the Rugby Speech Team has six state qualifiers.

Freshman Maria Mack and sophomore McKenzie Oppen took top draws in Storytelling and Speech to Inform, respectively, last week in Devils Lake. They join the ranks of freshman Kaitlyn Boucher, seventh-grader Kate Heidlebaugh and seniors Darby Deckert and ReeAnn Christianson.

The team took fourth place as a whole, edged out by Valley City, Carrington and Jamestown, who took first, second and third, respectively. According to a press release sent to the Tribune, Valley City and Rugby were separated by a 13-point margin.

“I thought it was hard because it was a class A/B meet. But it really comes down to people who are in your round,” Oppen said. “I would say that our team in general did extremely well.”

Mack said of the competition: “Class (A/B) meets means better teams that are harder to beat.”

Boucher also qualified for state at the Devils Lake meet, taking first in Radio Broadcasting. She first qualified for state at the Rugby meet on Jan. 24, taking first place in Inform.

The team competed in Rolla today, and after that has only four meets remaining before the regional meet in Cando on April 11. All qualifiers will compete at state, which takes place April 25 in Mandan. For those competing in multiple events, the remainder of the season means more chances to qualify.

“It depends on how good I can get my pieces to be. If I can state qualify more things now, there will be less pressure during regionals,” Mack said.

Oppen added: “You want to work as hard as you can at anything you do. I think now that I qualified in Inform, I can work harder on my other events to get them state qualifying. I’m not going to stop working on my Inform because it’s already qualified. There is always room for improvement.”

Deckert and Christianson qualified for state in Humorous Duo, and Deckert herself qualified in Extemporaneous Programmed Reading, or EPR, at the Rolette meet on Jan. 17. Heidlebaugh also qualified at that meet in Storytelling.

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