Lisa Legare / For The Courier
Back Row left to right: Jared Chalmers, James Fauth, Bridger Sanders, Kylie Cook, Amanda Kresal, Sija Laffin, Kathryne Geer, Paige Schmitt, Amanda McDonald. Second Row: Maxwell Knodel, Andrew Brandt, Ember Barnett, Amber Omara, Maria Morris, Kayla Harrington, Ethan Jamba. First Row: Hailey Stone, Rachel Overby. Not Pictured: Maechela Cathey and Rachel Sigmundsted.
The Glasgow High School Speech & Drama Team competed at the Eastern Class B-C Divisional Meet in Shepherd on Saturday. The Scotties came home with second place trophy in Drama and third place trophy in Speech. Three Scotties are Divisional Champions: Senior Bridger Sanders in Pantomime; Sophomore Ethan Jamba in Serious Oral Interpretation; and Freshman Rachel Sigmundsted in Spontaneous Oral Interpretation. The Glasgow team qualified 12 competitors for State competition.
Divisional champion in Drama Sweepstakes was Baker with Huntley Project following Glasgow in third place. The championship for Speech Sweepstakes was won by Shepherd, followed by Huntley Project and Glasgow third.
Glasgow also saw Machaela Cathey place second in the Pantomime category. Kat Geer and Sija Laffin took second as well in Serious Duo. Serious solo saw Glasgow students Kylie Cook, Hailey Stone and Amanda Kresal take second through fourth respectively. Closing out individual Drama with a seventh place finish in Humorous Duo was the tandem of Amanda McDonald and Paige Schmitt.
Rachely Overby and James Fauth also competed Humorous Duo but were left out of placing.
The remaining Glasgow participants on the speech side saw just as much success. IN Spontaneous Oral Interpretation, Maria Morris placed third. Max Knodel took third for his work in Original Oratroy. In Humorous Oral Interpretation, Amber Omara and Ember Barnett took sixth and seventh respectively.
Andy Brandt provided a delightful performance in Humorous Oral Interpretation, but missed out on placing in the event.
For the second year in a row, John LaBonty was selected by his peers as Class B Drama Coach for the Eastern Division. The Class B Speech Coach selected was Jon Moore of Shepherd.
Although eight people competed, only the top six competitors in each of the 16 events qualified for state competition at the Montana Class B-C State Meet is in Glasgow on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
The coaching staff said, "We are looking forward to the State Meet and feel that our kids are peaking at the right time and should make a good showing."
Glasgow is playing host to over 350 high school competitors from 52 Class B and Class C schools from the three Divisions: North, South and East. Additionally, there will be around 125 coaches, and lots of parents attending this two day event.
The event starts Friday at 4:30 p.m. Drama will be performing at East Side School while Speech will be at Glasgow High School.
Day two of the event starts bright and early Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with the continuation of Drama at East Side and Speech at Glasgow.
Finals for both events will be at Glasgow High School at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon with awards presentations slated for 5 p.m.