February 26th proved to be a busy final Saturday for the Thayer Central Speech Team, taking competitors to two different meets at the same time. No matter where you looked, though, the Titan Talkers found success.
At the annual Southern Nebraska Conference Speech Meet, held this year at Milford, Thayer Central took five entries to finals. Leading the way was Junior Jordan Mariska, who earned a 2nd Place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking and a 3rd Place in Duet Acting with partner Junior Lindsay Johnson. Senior Jasa Wiedel continued to find success, finishing runner-up in Persuasive Speaking. Freshman Adam Lukert came home with the 4th place medal in Informative Speaking. And rounding things out for the Titans was Junior Krista Hartley, who earned 6th in Poetry.
In team sweepstakes, Thayer Central finished in 4th place. Winning the meet was David City, with 300 points, followed by Fillmore Central and Sutton.
Simultaneously, four entries for Thayer Central traveled to McCool Junction to partake in their Mustang Invite. Of those, two took home some hardware. Sophomore Ella Murray brought home runner-up in Entertainment and fellow Sophomore Barrett Kiburz earned 6th in the same event.
“This weekend was about getting refreshed,” said Thayer Central Coach Justin Bomar. “We don’t see all of our conference schools often and we’ve never attended the McCool meet before. The experiences were challenging, but that’s exactly what our team needed at this time.”
Thayer Central will begin their post-season with the C2-4 District Meet at McCool Junction on Friday, March 4th. Then the C2 State Meet will be at Kearney High School on March 17th.