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Freeman Speech Team Begins Season

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56bcc50735182 Seniors Elizabeth Milke, Emily Klein, Rachel Page, and sophomore Kaitlyn McNeil show off their medals from MUDECAS.
Seniors Elizabeth Milke, Emily Klein, Rachel Page, and sophomore Kaitlyn McNeil show off their medals from MUDECAS.

The 2016 Freeman Speech team is led by a talented group of seniors who are quickly setting the standard for the rest of the young team. The team consists of a total of 26 members this year competing in 25 events.


The season opened on January 23 at the Lincoln Southwest Invitational. The Falcons were represented among the 33 schools from three states with five competitors. Senior Rachel Page finished fourth in the Honors Division in Entertainment Speaking and senior Emily Klein finished in the semifinals in Humorous Prose. This was a highly competitive meet with over 600 competitors.  


The MUDECUS meet, held at SCC in Beatrice on January 30, was the first meet where a full team competed.  Freeman placed fourth among the teams with senior Emily Klein medaling first in Humorous Prose, seniors Emily Klein and Rachel Page medaling second in Duet Acting, senior Elizabeth Milke medaling third in Serious Prose, senior Rachel Page medaling fifth in Entertainment Speaking, and sophomore Kaitlyn McNeil earning her first speech medal by placing sixth in Informative Speaking.


On February 6, the Freeman Speech Team took a short trip down the road to the Beatrice Invitational held at Beatrice High School. This was the first opportunity for many of the younger members of the team to compete.  Many students, both novice and varsity, earned their personal bests. Students earning medals were senior Emily Klein with a first place in Humorous Prose, senior Rachel Page earned third place in Entertainment Speaking, seniors Rachel Page and Emily Klein earned third place in Duet Acting, senior Elizabeth Milke placed fifth in Serious Prose, senior Katelyn Bohlmeyer placed sixth in Poetry, and the OID of seniors Elizabeth Milke, Katelyn Bohlmeyer, Miranda Zeman and freshman Eli Pelc placed sixth.


The Falcon Speechers look forward to improving with each meet. Upcoming competitions include: Auburn Invite at Auburn High School on Saturday, February 13; ECNC Conference at Weeping Water High School on Wednesday, February 24; Flirting with Disaster Speech Meet at HTRS High School on Saturday, February 27; Waverly Invite at Waverly High School on Saturday, March 5. The team will wrap up the season with a showcase of talent at Speeches a La Mode at Freeman Public Schools on Tuesday evening, March 8 before preparing for District Competition at HTRS High School on Tuesday, March 15. The team invites all Falcon fans to attend these competitions.


The team is led by senior Katie Bohlmeyer, a returning state qualifier in both Poetry and OID; senior Emily Klein, a returning state medalist and national semi-finalist in Humorous Prose and state qualifier in Duet Acting; senior Rachel Page, a returning state-qualifier in Duet Acting and veteran Entertainment Speaker; senior Elizabeth Milke, a veteran OID and Serious Prose speaker; and senior Miranda Zeman, a returning state qualifier in OID. Other members of the team include: juniors Anna Abbott, Caty Weber, Gabe VanEngen, Sam Pella, Kami Kelly, Kaitlyn Meints, and Hannah Schoen; sophomores Jessica Osterhaus, Kaitlyn McNeil, Jacob Neil, and Felisha Moore; freshmen Mary Zeman, Montana Bender, Taylor VanDerSys, Eli Pelc, Tessa Hestermann, Ashley Parde, Ashley Oltman, Cody Larkins, Garrett Lenners, and Miranda Dickinson.

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