The suits were lint rolled, the hair was sprayed, and the black books were memorized. On March 22, Marian speech team headed to Kearney, Neb. to compete in the annual NSAA Speech Championship where nine Marian students headed out to the competition hoping for the best. The state team was made up of two sophomores, six juniors, and one lone senior, Rachel Walet.
The team had three pieces make it to the finals and place at state. The Oral Interpretation of Drama group, performing “John Tucker Must Die,” made up of Julia Hingorani, Kate Kellen, Megan Rutten and Donna Yang placed 7th, Diana Elizalde placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation with a piece called “Daughter of Invention,” and Rachel Walet placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, an event in which your piece changes each round, for the second year in a row.
Coach Halli Tripe was excited and amazed at the outcome of the pieces. “The girls did amazing,” she said. Following the team’s victories at state, senior Rachel Walet was invited to be a part of Nebraska Educational Television/NSAA’s Best of the Best. The high-schoolers chosen for this program performed and recorded their award-winning pieces at the NET studios in Lincoln. Walet is the first Marian student to be invited into the program. The program will air Sunday, April 30 at noon on NET-1 and will not only showcase the state champion speeches, but also interviews with the winners.