Speech News 2018-2019
Deer Creek One-Act Festival
The Okarche High School Speech Team presented their competition one-act “Antigone NOW” at the Deer Creek High School One-Act Play Festival and came away with two all-star cast members, a superior rating from the judges, and the charity award. Held on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, the festival showcased plays from eight schools including several 6A schools.
At the conclusion of the two days, the judges selected twenty student actors and actresses to be recognized as the all-star cast. Named to the list of the twenty outstanding performances of the festival were Katie Bomhoff and Rob Bomhoff of Okarche. Also nominated for consideration were Sara Bomhoff and Carsyn Taylor. The audience also donated the most money to the charity represented by the OHS production, Asher’s Army, an organization that is currently raising money to help the young son of Justin and Chasity Ladd, who is currently battling a form of cancer.
Okarche’s play will compete in regional competition on Thursday, October 11, at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, for the opportunity to advance to the state finals. The cast and crew include, in addition to Katie, Rob, and Sara Bomhoff and Carsyn Taylor, Jaxcey Beauchamp, Harley Dunkin, Chase Hufnagel, Matt Carney, Emily Hawk, Mikaila Kraus, Jacilyn Pannell, Chloe Meacham, Lyric Hickok, Darren Rayburn, Jack Schroeder, Michael Smoot, Kenzie Beard, Connor Bomhoff, Bridget Himes, Abigail McIlvain, Emily Neuenschwander, Mackenzie Schneiter, Angelica Mojica, Derek Mueggenborg, Kaylea Steelman, and McKenzie Stewart.
Regional One-Act Play Contest
The Okarche High School Speech Team competed in the Northern Oklahoma College region with their one-act “Antigone NOW.” The OHS production placed second and, therefore, will advance to the state one-act play contest. In addition to qualifying for the state finals, OHS had three students named to the all-star cast, which recognizes the top ten performers of the day as determined by the three-judge panel. Katie Bomhoff, Rob Bomhoff, and Carsyn Taylor were awarded medals for their performances during the awards assembly. Sarah Bomhoff was also nominated by one judge for the honor.
Okarche’s running crew received the technical theatre award. Accepting the plaque were Emily Hawk, Angelica Mojica, Kaylea Steelman, and McKenzie Stewart.
Okarche’s play will compete in state competition on Friday, October 26, at Mustang High School. Also involved in the production are Jaxcey Beauchamp, Harley Dunkin, Chase Hufnagel, Matt Carney, Mikaila Kraus, Jacilyn Pannell, Chloe Meacham, Lyric Hickok, Darren Rayburn, Jack Schroeder, Michael Smoot, Kenzie Beard, Connor Bomhoff, Bridget Himes, Abigail McIlvain, Emily Neuenschwander, Mackenzie Schneiter, and Derek Mueggenborg,
State One-Act Play Contest
Okarche High School won the state championship in one-act play with their production of “Antigone NOW.” The OHS production was selected by the three-judge panel as the outstanding play from the nine-play field. Cherokee was second, and Alva placed third.
In addition to bringing home the first-place trophy and banner, the OHS speech team had three members named to the all-state play cast. Katie Bomhoff, Rob Bomhoff, and Sara Bomhoff received all-state recognition by being selected by the judges as three of the outstanding
performances of the day.
Also included in the cast and crew are the following OHS students: Carsyn Taylor, Matt Carney, Jaxcey Beauchamp, Kenzie Beard, Harley Dunkin, Lyric Hickok, Bridget Himes, Mikaila Kraus, Abigail McIlvain, Emily Neuenschwander, Jacilyn Pannell, Mackenzie Schneiter, Connor Bomhoff, Chase Hufnagel, Chloe Meacham, Derek Mueggenborg, Darren Rayburn, Jack Schroeder, Michael Smoot, Emily Hawk, Angelica Mojica, Kaylea Steelman, and McKenzie Stewart. Lyndal Westmoreland directed the play.
Okarche High School Contest
The Okarche High School Speech Team played host to eleven other schools during the Warrior Classic Speech Tournament. The competition, a regional qualifying contest, was held on November 3 and 4, on the OHS campus.
The home team had six placings in the tournament. Senior Sara Bomhoff was tournament champion in foreign extemporaneous speaking and third in dramatic duet.
Sophomore Jack Schroeder was tournament runner-up in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and two freshmen placed also. Emily Neuenschwander was second in both prose and humorous interp and Abby McIlvain was second in standard oratory.
Okarche’s next competition will be the Marlow contest on November 16 and 17.
Marlow High School Contest
The Okarche High School Speech Team recently competed in the Marlow High School Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament and brought home the second-place sweepstakes trophy for class 3A. The tournament was won by Hennessey High School with Navajo taking third.
OHS had eight placings in the competition with eight additional finalists. In domestic extemp, Rob Bomhoff placed second; Sara Bomhoff was third in foreign extemp. In poetry, Katie Bomhoff was second. She also was the tournament champion in humorous interp. Carsyn Taylor brought home two first-place trophies. She won dramatic interp and teamed with Rob Bomhoff to win dramatic duet. The team of Matt Carney and Micheal Smoot were tournament runners up in humorous duet. Abby McIlvain was third in prose.
Jaxcey Beauchamp was a finalist in both dramatic interp and monologue. Mikaila Kraus and Jacilyn Pannell were finalists in dramatic duet. Sara Bomhoff and Lyric Hickok were finalists in humorous duet, and Hickok was also a finalist in prose and standard oratory. McKenzie Stewart was also a finalist in standard oratory. Rob Bomhoff was a finalist in monologue.
The Okarche Speech Team is currently working on their Christmas play, “The Littlest Angel” and a soup dinner and silent auction on Sunday, December 16.
DUNCAN HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST
With a squad of only eight members, the Okarche Speech Team able to amass enough sweepstakes points to bring home the sweepstakes trophy in class 3A from the Duncan High School Invitational. Held on Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, the competition drew contestants from eight schools in class 3A.
Senior Katie Bomhoff was the tournament champion in monologue with junior teammate Carsyn Taylor taking second. Jaxcey Beauchamp, another senior, was first in humorous interp, and Mikaila Kraus, a junior, was second. Kraus also placed fourth in poetry.
Sophomore Lyric Hickok teamed with freshman Emily Neuenschwander to win humorous duet. Hickok also placed second in standard oratory and was a finalist in prose. Angelica Mojica, an OHS freshman, was tournament champion in standard oratory and a finalist in prose. Freshman Mackenzie Schneiter completed Okarche’s sweep of the medals in standard oratory by placing third.
The Okarche Speech Team will next compete at the Okeene contest on January 25 and 26.
HENNESSEY HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS
On Saturday, January 12, two Okarche students competed in the Hennessey High School Speech and Debate Tournament. Bridget Himes placed first in standard oratory and Abby McIlvain was fourth in humorous interp.
OKEENE HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST
The Okarche Speech Team brought home the sweepstakes trophy in class 3A from the Okeene High School Invitational. Held on Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26, the tournament hosted contestants from eight schools in class 3A
Senior Katie Bomhoff was the tournament champion in dramatic interp and teamed with brother and fellow senior Rob Bomhoff to win humorous duet. Rob was also runner-up in monologue and led an OHS sweep of the medals in humorous interp with freshman Abby McIlvain placing second and senior Sara Bomhoff taking third. Sara brought home the first-place medal in domestic extemp and was a finalist in poetry. Senior Harley Dunkin was third in monologue and a finalist in poetry. Junior Mikaila Kraus was third in poetry. Grace Stephens, a junior, was third in original oratory, and McKenzie Stewart, an OHS freshman was second. Kaylea Steelman, another freshman, brought home the third-place medal in standard oratory.
The Okarche Speech Team will next compete at the SWOSU tournament on February 8 and 10.
Eleven members of the Okarche High School Speech Team competed in the 2019 SWOSU Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament, bringing home eight placings and a share of the class 3A Sweepstakes title. Both Okarche and Fairview tallied 45 points in the two-day contest to tie for the first-place team plaque.
Jack Schroeder claimed the first-place medal in Lincoln-Douglas debate. In original oratory Katie Bomhoff received all three first-place ballots to win the championship award. Two other OHS speech students also swept the first-place rankings to win their events. Angelica Mojica was the tournament champion in prose, and Carsyn Taylor led a one-two finish in poetry with McKenna Gilles bringing home the runner-up medal. Gilles also was a finalist in monologue. Lyric Hickok and Emily Neuenschwander were first-place winners in dramatic duet, and Okarche had two third-place finishes in two other events: Mikaila Kraus in dramatic interp and Matt Carney in monologue. Carney was also a finalist in poetry.
Others contributing points to the team finish were Jaxcey Beauchamp, who was fourth in both monologue and dramatic interp, and Harley Dunkin, a finalist in poetry.
Okarche will compete in their final qualifying competition at Crescent High School on February 22 and 23 before getting ready for regional competition in March.
The Okarche High School Speech Team completed qualifying competition by winning the 3A sweepstakes trophy at the Crescent High School Speech Tournament. OHS had six students compete in the last qualifying tournament of the year.
Senior Rob Bomhoff was tournament runner-up in dramatic interp and poetry. Fellow senior Sara Bomhoff brought home the third-place medals in both poetry and monologue, and Jaxcey Bomhoff, a third senior, was tournament champion in monologue and a finalist in dramatic interp.
The junior team of Mikaila Kraus and Jacilyn Pannell were first in dramatic duet; Pannell also was a finalist in humorous interp.
OHS freshman McKenzie Stewart placed first in both standard oratory and prose.
The team begins preparing now for the regional speech tournament to be held at SWOSU on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16.
Regional Speech and Debate Tournament
The Okarche High School Speech Team won their twenty-third Southwest Regional Speech and Debate title and advanced twelve students in seventeen events to the State Speech and Debate Tournament. The competition, held on March 15 and 16 on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, drew contestants from twelve schools in class 3A. Okarche was first, followed by Navajo-2nd, and Mangum-3rd.
Four OHS seniors qualified for the state competition. Katie Bomhoff was regional champion in original oratory and humorous duet with brother Rob. Katie was also regional runner-up in poetry. Rob, in addition to his championship with Katie, brought home two third-place medals: one in humorous interp and one in dramatic duet with junior team mate Carsyn Taylor. Jaxcey Beauchamp was regional champion in monologue and a finalist in humorous interp. Sara Bomhoff was regional runner-up in domestic extemp and a finalist in both dramatic interp and poetry. A fifth senior, Harley Dunkin, is the alternate to state in monologue, having placed fifth.
Two juniors advanced to state. Carsyn Taylor was third in dramatic interp and fourth in poetry in addition to the third place finish in dramatic duet with Rob Bomhoff. Matt Carney teamed with sophomore Micheal Smoot to bring home the third place medal in humorous duet.
Fellow sophomores, Lyric Hickok and Jack Schroeder, will join Smoot at the state tournament. Hickok teamed with freshman Emily Neuenschwander to claim the regional runner-up medals in humorous duet, and Schroeder was fourth in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Neuenschwander is one of three freshmen to earn a trip to state. Not only did Neuenschwander qualify in humorous duet, but she also qualified in prose, having placed third. McKenzie Stewart will take two events to state, as she was regional champion in standard oratory and regional runner-up in prose. Angelica Mojica qualified two events for state. Mojica was fourth in both prose and standard oratory.
Other finalists contributing points to the team victory were Mikaila Kraus in humorous interp and dramatic duet with team mate Jacilyn Pannel and Bridget Himes in standard oratory.
The state competition will be April 4, 5, and 6, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
State Speech and Debate Tournament
Four Okarche speech students received state medals as the 2018-2019 competitive speech season came to an end at the Oklahoma State Speech and Debate Tournament. Katie and Rob Bomhoff placed third in humorous duet. This is the second time the Bomhoffs have placed at the state tournament in humorous duet. Kate also brought home two other medals: fourth in original oratory and fifth in poetry.
Okarche also had two students in the top six in prose. Emily Neuenschwander was state runner-up in the event, and teammate Mackenzie Stewart placed fifth.
Also competing at the state competition were Sara Bomhoff, Jaxcey Beauchamp, Carsyn Taylor, Matt Carney, Jack Schroeder, Michael Smoot, Lyric Hickok, and Angelica Mojica.