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2016 Niobrara Speech Team

April 05, 2016

2016 Niobrara Speech Season Review
Ms. Carbaugh

   I cannot believe the speech season has officially come to a close. Over the course of four months, my speech kids have done a fabulous job. Never in my life have I felt as proud as I do right now. Hard work and dedication really are the strategic components of a successful season. The OID worked their tails off this season, staying late, coming in early.  The OID team consisted of Senior Tommy Stark, Sophomore Bryce Stark and Freshmen Abby Swanson, Brooke Swanson, and Karla Gonzalez. In her individual event, Karla Gonzalez would stay until 9pm some nights to practice. Sadly, they did not make it to state, but seeing what they were able to accomplish this year gives me pure joy and hope for next year. For such a small team, they made a large impact.
   Ashley Guenther paced 3rd at district speech; which, qualified her for state. Her eyes lit up when she realized what was about to happen. This girl spent numerous hours each week practicing. By her third meet, she was off book. At state Ashley placed 3rd in her first round and 1st in her second round. We both screamed and jumped for joy when we realized she made finals. That really means a lot to a speech kid to make it to finals. In the final round, Ashley placed 6th. I was very proud of her and what she had done. She was more than deserving of her medal because she never gave up; she wanted to go to state, and she made it happen. Attitudes are infectious, and I hope that type of attitude catches.
   As a first-year coach, I never dreamed I would have a student make it to state. After the awards ceremony, Ashley said, “I’m so glad I could do this for you.” All I could say back was, “No. You did this for you, and I am so proud of you.” And I am. I am proud of all of my speech kids because we have spent an immense amount of time with one another. On average, we spent 25 hours a week with each other outside of the classroom. Yes, somedays were better than others, but no matter what, I feel these kids created something and experienced something no one will ever be able to take away from them. A family. Public speaking is not only one of the world’s greatest fears, but also one of the most highly sought after and desired skill in the professional world.
 Without a doubt, speech is hard; without a doubt,
speech takes time, and without a doubt, speech is fun.
 I look forward to the amazing things we will
accomplish next year.

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