By marlys good
One point was the difference between second and third place at the Worland Invitational last weekend and it was the GHS team coming up that one point short and having to settle for third behind second place Thermopolis and champion Saratoga.
“Greybull got a slow start and that could have been the difference in the final outcome,” said Coach Joel Kuper. “Between getting our own meet together, and the State Science Fair, we essentially hadn’t practiced for two weeks. It took us a bit to get back into the flow.”
But even at that, Greybull produced some solid results. Marisela Burgos established herself as one of the top orators in the state with a fourth-place finish overall (the only 1A/2A competitor to make the finals). Burgos fell just short of making the semifinals in drama.
Serenity Kinswoman placed fourth in the special “Im-Prop-tu’ event. Worland offered this event to students who were not competing in the final rounds.
Margaretha Tinglund continued strong in drama, making it to the semifinals. Mason Stebner was a semifinalist in humor.
Kuper said, “Many of the semifinal rounds were determined by a very low cut-point. We had several competitors who fell just short of making the semis.”
Home meet successful, fun
The Greybull speech team hosted over 140 students from 12 schools at a home meet held Feb. 27-28. Greybull is the only 1A/2A school in the state that has hosted a tournament this year.
Kuper said the GHS students were needed to run the meet, so they did not compete. In addition to the GHS students, over 200 time slots had to be filled with judges from around the community. “Without the help of the community judges, we simply would not have been able to pull the meet off. Our students did a great job managing the event; we were always on time.”
Kuper admitted he was apprehensive the week prior to the event, not knowing if things would fall into place. “But everything came together perfectly.” He heaped praise on “everyone who judged, many over multiple rounds, and all the team members who pitched in to make it happen.”
He also credited the meet’s success to Rawlins Speech Coach Wendy Kuper, who ran the judges’ forms, and Robert Becker from Northwest College who tabulated the scores. “We’ve heard nothing but good comments from students and coaches who attended our meet.”
Members of the forensic team are busy preparing for the Wyoming State Speech Meet that will be held in Buffalo this weekend (March 12-14). Kuper looks for tight competition for the 1A/2A title.
“Saratoga, Thermopolis and Greybull have beaten each other at one time or another this season, but the margins have always been close. If we can take advantage of our strengths in all areas, we have a good chance to bring home a trophy.”
He has confidence that every member of the team will be giving their best performance, “but so will the other teams. It should be an exciting competition.”