The Scottsbluff Bearcat speech team proved that it’s quality not quantity that counts, as they headed down to Ft. Collins to face bigger teams than usual, with Scottsbluff being the smallest out of the 33 that competed. While some might think they would be nervous, the team’s performance did not falter as they competed against Ft. Collins High, Denver East, Longmont High, Cheyenne East, Greeley West, Poudre, Laramie, Golden, Loveland and Westminster teams. The speech team’s coach, Kara Rada, was very pleased with her students’ readiness to compete. “It was so exciting to watch them in rounds and realize, “Hey, our kids can go toe to toe with just about anyone!” They rose to the occasion, even with different rules and judging style. “It was a great opportunity to teach them to go with the flow,” said Rada. “One of the crucial elements of the team’s success within the last couple of meets is their team mindset of working together instead of focusing on individual events. Right now, we are working on having a 100% solid team, no weak spots.” The Scottsbluff Speech Team will also be hosting a fundraising event, “Dinner and a Speech” on February 20th at 6.00 p.m. It will be hosted at the Emporium with the $25 tickets available through Kara Rada at Scottsbluff High School.
Scottsbluff individual results at the January 29 Ft. Collins Invite: Dramatic Interpretation, Sara Frederick 1st place, Mikayla Stephenson 4th place; Poetry, Sara Frederick 1st place; Humorous Interpretation: Tyler Webber 2nd place; Domestic Extemporaneous, Jay Grote 5th place; Original Oratory, Maddy Parsley 2nd place, Derrick Goss 5th place.