NORFOLK, NE — Norfolk Public High School hosted NSAA A-1 district speech competition for the second time.
According to Speech Coach of 20 years, Peggy Belt says this is the second time Norfolk has hosted the competition.
“The majority of class A schools are in the metro region so to be able to have some of them come here and be the host is a huge opportunity for our kids to compete at home and not travel like we usual do.”
With nine different categories, Belt says there is an event for every kid.
“You have your traditional speech events like informative and persuasive speaking, which Lismore of what kids do in a classroom setting. Then you have lat of of interpretive events that are theatrical, you don’t wear costumes or makeup, but there is duet acting and oral interpretation of drama and poetry.”
In these competitions, Brent Uhing, who competed in Serious Prose and Duet Acting says it’s key to stand apart from the rest.
“I try and find modern thing to do because if you recite what someone else has done, it’s boring, no one wants to see that. It’s a challenge coming up with new ideas and styles for people to see.”
Norfolk placed second with 357. Millard North won first with 474 points.