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Jackson Speech and Drama team wins second place in district tournament

The Jackson Speech and Drama team won second place at the district competition on March 16 in Ste. Genevieve. Shown above is the full team, who all were district finalists, from left: Ian Kelly, Price Belmar, Isabelle Abt, Cade Gregory, Kate Petzoldt, Trey Lintner, Rileigh Sander and Nelson McGuire. Submitted photo

The Jackson High School Speech and Drama Team recently won second place in its district tournament in Ste. Genevieve. All Jackson students advanced to the final round of the tournament, becoming district finalists.

Kate Petzoldt and Price Belmar won the district championship in the duo interpretation category, with Petzoldt also winning the district championship in the poetry reading category.

Rileigh Sander won second place in the prose reading category, Nelson McGuire won second place in the dramatic interpretation category and Ian Kelly won second place in the domestic extemporaneous speaking category.

All district champions and second place winners qualify to move on to the state competition later this month. The MSHSAA State Speech, Debate and Theater competition will be held April 17-20 at Missouri State University in Springfield.

Trey Lintner won third place in the humorous interpretation category, Isabelle Abt won third place in the informative speaking category and Rileigh Sander won third place in the storytelling category.

Isabelle Abt won fourth place in the original oratory category, while Trey Lintner and Cade Gregory won fourth place in the duet acting category. Price Belmar received seventh place in the radio speaking category.

Before the district competition, the team held a showcase of several of the speech entries on March 14. Seniors Lucas Bonnegent, Isabelle Abt, Trey Lintner, Nelson McGuire and Price Belmar were recognized for their time in the speech and drama team.

Lintner received the outstanding theater career award, and McGuire won the outstanding speech career award.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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