FC Sacred Heart competed in Class D2 and finished ninth in the Sweepstakes. Emma Schock was the top medalist for the Irish, finishing second in Humorous. She actually tied for first and earned the most points from the three finals judges, but Bryce Wood of Greeley-Wolbach received the judges’ preference and was named champion.
“I think NSAA needs to clarify the tie-breaking procedure. I understand the thinking of the people running the tab room concerning the placement – I just disagree with them,” FCSH Speech Coach Diana Eickhoff, who is retiring from a long and successful career coaching speech, said.
“The NSAA does not interpret the rules for breaking ties in speech in the same fashion that I do. They are convinced that the correct placement was made in Emma’s case, and although I can see how they arrived at that decision – I disagree with their interpretation.”
Eickhoff has long been a regular at the state speech contest, coaching at Dawson-Verdon and Auburn High School before taking the reins at Sacred Heart.
Also medaling for Sacred Heart were Colin Niemeyer and Chaz Dunn, 4th, Duet Acting; and Janey Malcolm, 4th, Serious Interpretation. Matt Mullins scored points in Informative, and his brother Ben scored in Humorus, but neither broke for finals.
Falls City High School students Brooke Scheitel and David von Behren competed in Duet Acting in the Class B Championships Thursday in Kearney, though they failed to break to finals.