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New Castle hosts 61st annual speech tournament

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Ninth grader Eva Hallman of DeKalb High School practiced for her radio broadcasting presentation Saturday during a speech tournament held at New Castle High School. “I’m able to use my own opinions and ideas to get a message across to people,” Hallman said of her interest in the radio broadcasting category.
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Ashton Gianakos (left) a sophomore at Noblesville High School, is pictured helpingAubrey Brolsma, a senior at Noblesville High School, with the white board she used for her informative speaking presentation. Brolsma also competed in the prose category of Saturday’s speech and debatetournament at New Castle High School while Gianakos competed in duo interpretation and prose. “I like how it’s prepared me for public speaking in the future world,” Brolsma said. “Now I can articulate anything I want to any number of people.”

New Castle hosted its 61st annual speech tournament Saturday, finishing 10th out of 21 teams. Fishers won the tournament while Cathedral came in second place. More than 300 entries were entered in the competition, and schools competing came from as far north as DeKalb and as far south as East Columbus. 

“This was our first tournament of the season while other teams have already been to one or two tournaments,” said New Castle Speech and Debate Coach Susan Delay. 

New Castle Junior Nic Besecker took second place in discussion.

Topics for this week that were discussed using a Socratic seminar format included artwork by Nicholas Galanin, a Native American artist; the philosophy of the personhood theory; Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” about how the world will end and the NPR article “Merck Pulls Out Of Agreement To Supply Life-Saving Vaccine To Millions Of Kids.”

“Nic was our top finisher for the day and his experience and work ethic in the past weeks has really paid off,” Delay said. 

New Castle Senior Katelyn Goodpaster competed in versatility and placed fourth overall. 

Versatility is an event where each round is a different category, Delay explained. Goodpaster competed in round one with a program oral interpretation about reporting sexual abuse. For the second round, she did an informative speech on menstruation and for round three she competed with the humorous interpretation “Camp Sunshine” by Ray Bradbury. The final round was an impromptu speech. 

Goodpaster finished third in impromptu and fourth in the other rounds to finish fourth overall in versatility.

In poetry interpretation, New Castle senior Oliver Tompkins took fifth place with a program about Superman and New Castle senior Sam Goble took ninth place with a program about time ticking away.

In program oral interpretation, New Castle senior Carmela Lopezfilio finished ninth with her program entitled “I’m a Gay Christian, So What?”

In prose, New Castle senior Nicholas Taylor took ninth place with his performance of the short story “White Flight” by Tim Vanech about a family dealing with a public school shooting.

New Castle will compete in its next speech tournament Dec. 1 at an undetermined location. 

– Information provided by Susan Delay