Nebraska City High School’s Speech team earned second place at the District B-1 speech competition at HTRS High School in Humbolt March 15, with one student earning a spot in the nationals competition for placing second at the 2016 State Speech Championships March 23 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney.

After earning high honors at districts, NCHS sophomore Oliver Borchers-Williams placed second at state in the Extemporaneous Speech category.  

NCHS students who placed in the top three at the district competition were:

Extemporaneous Speech: Borchers-Williams,

Persuasive Speech: Borchers-Williams and sophomore Chloe Higgins,

Entertainment Speech: Sophomore Aubrey Thurman and junior Justin Thorne,

Informative Speech: Senior Emily Jensen,

And Duet Acting Speech: Jensen and junior Braydon Banik.

NCHS Speech coach and advisor Ali Larson said the students placing in the top three also competed in the state competition.

Other NCHS students who competed at districts were freshmen Brooklyn Banik, Sadie Giles, Langston Hoover, Angelica Stiles and Sarah Sullivan and juniors Joslynn Hudson and Victoria Hernandez.

Larson applauded her team for working hard this year.

“I feel like I can’t say enough how proud I am of all the students. They put in so many hours in and outside of practice and their hard work, time and dedication clearly pay off with how well we do,” she said. “Even though this will be my last year with Nebraska City, I really hope that the team’s success motivates other students to join the speech team and they continue to be successful.

“I’m very fortunate to have been working with some amazing, talented students over the last three years,” she added.