Submitted Photo. Shepard High School speech team members got bit silly after winning first place at the very difficult Downers Grove North Mixer, a tournament the team had never won previously.
The varsity speech team from Shepard High School opened its 2013-2014 competitive season in with a pair of tournament championships.
The Astros took first place at the Huntley Fall Fest then won the championship at the Downers Grove North Mixer, one of the state’s toughest regular season tournaments. Shepard had never won this tournament before.
After the DG meet, the group blew off a little emotional steam with a silly posed photo.
At the Huntley tournament, Shepard delivered a dominant performance with champions in six of the 14 categories.
Medal winners were:
Champion — Enrique Montoya, Original Oratory; Jonathan Randich and Liam McCool, Humorous Duet Acting; Lindsie Bliss, Oratorical Declamation; Mariana Reyes, Poetry Reading; Shana Woodland, Prose Reading; Riley McDermott and Tyler Doidge, Dramatic Duet Acting;
Second — Kimmy Rinck, Prose Reading; Mike Reddy, Radio Speaking; Nick Martinez, Humorous Interpretation; Tasha Wierzal, Special Occasion Speaking; Tyler Doidge, Original Comedy;
Third — Jada Scott, Dramatic Interpretation; Leeana Skuby, Extemporaneous Speaking; Lindsie Bliss, Informative Speaking (INF); Riley McDermott and Tasha Wierzal, Humorous Duet Acting; Tasha Wierzal, Impromptu Speaking;
Fourth — Antonio Martinez and Enrique Montoya, Dramatic Duet Acting; Enrique Montoya and Nick Martinez, Humorous Duet Acting; Leeana Skuby, Impromptu Speaking;
Fifth — Bridget Curry, Informative Speaking; Eva Adomaityte, Poetry Reading; Mariana Reyes, Dramatic Interpretation; Riley McDermott, Oratorical Declamation;
Sixth — David Donnick, Original Comedy; Jonathan Randich and Mike Reddy, Dramatic Duet Acting; and, Kim Kosman, Oratorical Declamation.
Shepard bested many of the best programs in Illinois at the Downers Grove North Mixer: Richards, Sandburg, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Thornton, and many others. Medal winners for Shepard included:
Champion — KimmyRinck, Prose Reading; Lindsie Bliss, Informative Speaking;
Second — Leeana Skuby, Impromptu Speaking; Lindsie Bliss, OD; Mike Reddy, Radio;
Third — Mariana Reyes, DI;
Fourth — Bridget Curry, INF; Antonio Martinez and Enrique Montoya, DDA; Enrique Montoya and Nick Martinez, HAD; Tyler Doidge, OC; and,
Sixth — Jada Scott, DI; Mariana Reyes, Poetry.