Oral Interp. Succeeds at Districts


Emma Thomas, journalist

The oral interp. team traveled to Oacoma for its district competition on Nov. 4. All 10 competitors are moving onto regions. The Gorillas competed in all seven categories, and placed in the top three in all categories.

Dakota Timanus competed in the poetry category with Christmas Poetry and placed third.  Christian Spann performed in the storytelling category and won it with his piece “The Man in the Red Bandanna.” In the humorous division, Salma Serr performed the piece “The Fart That (Almost) Altered My Destiny” and won the division. Samantha Timanus performed the piece “The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination” and placed third in the division non-original oratory. In the serious category, Keeley Klein performed the piece “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and placed second.

In the duets category Klein and Spann performed “The Marriage Counselor” and placed third.

In reader’s theater Tommy Determan, Jaslee Kerner, Grant Thomas, BriLee Peck, Serr, and Rhoss Oliver performed “The Book of Awesome” and placed second.

Seven schools competed in districts and Lyman won the team trophy with Gregory only three points behind.

“It was a good districts for the team; everyone is moving on to regions. We did not win the team trophy, but other than that, it was an amazing day,” said Coach Graber.

Regions is on Nov. 18 at the Ramkota Inn in Pierre starting at 9:00 a.m. The top two or three competitors in each category will advance on to the state festival at Yankton High School in Yankton on Dec.6 and 7.