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New Castle speech team takes 5th in Noblesville

The New Castle High School speech team took fifth place out of 17 teams at the Noblesville Speech and Debate Tournament Saturday, Dec. 1.

“This was a marked improvement from the home meet where we were 10th out of 20 teams,” said head coach Susan Delay.

The team was led in scoring by seniors Katelyn Goodpaster and Oliver Tompkins. Goodpaster was an individual champion with nearly perfect scores and Tompkins placed well in two events.

The top 12 in each event were awarded ribbons and the top five schools were given trophies. Fishers won the event followed by Plymouth in second place, Hamilton Southeastern in third, Westfield in fourth and New Castle rounding out the top five.

In discussion, which uses a Socratic seminar format to discuss four different topics assigned before the tournament, Goodpaster placed first, sophomore Conner McCormick was third and junior Nic Besecker placed seventh. Topics for the tournament included Black Friday, the Rudyard Kipling poem “If,” an article on climate change and the economy and the song “Zombie.”

In poetry, Tompkins took fifth, sophomore Alyssa Bradley placed ninth and junior Alyssa Hicks placed 11th. Tompkins’ program featured poems about Superman; Bradley’s poems shared the message that we all matter and Hicks told people to accept themselves.

In prose, Tompkins placed eighth with an excerpt from the work of fiction “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien about the Vietnam War; sophomore Anastasia Taylor took 11th in prose with her interpretation from “Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free” by Linda Kay Klein.

Novice member of the team, junior Joee Hanson, had an outstanding day placing fourth in original performance with a fairy tale she wrote entitled “Princess Bee” and placing 12 in improvisation duo with Hicks as her partner.

“She (Hanson) has been such a bright addition to our team as she is enthusiastic and excited to be a part of our organization,” Delay said.

Junior Logan Nash took 12th place in radio broadcasting performing newscasts, an editorial and an on-the-spot report. Delay said Nash’s rich voice lends itself to broadcasting.

Sophomore Ryan Scott place eighth in impromptu. He brings a strong voice as well as a depth of knowledge on a variety of subjects to be successful in this event, Delay said.

Seniors Karigon Schatzer and Brook Kessling took 10th in duo performing “Kingdom of the Spider,” a short play about a young mother encountering a black widow spider in her new home.

“I was really pleased with how the team pulled together for the tournament,” Delay said. “The support for one another was obvious at the tournament and in the preparation leading up to the meet. The seniors have really taken on leadership roles which helps the team run smoothly.”

The team is coached by head coach Susan Delay, assistant coach Carly Lawson and volunteer assistant Missy St. Clair. The team was also assisted Saturday by David Scott who served as a judge (along with the three coaches who judged).

The next tournament is Saturday, Dec. 8 at IU East in Richmond.

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