Students from 26 schools converged on C.L. Jones Middle School for the District Speech Meet on Tuesday, March 13.
Speakers competed in opening rounds, and the top performers were selected for a final round, where the top three finishers earned a place at the state speech meet in Kearney.
Minden High School, along with seven other schools composed Class B, with a total of 126 students.
By the end of the day, Minden had state qualifiers in seven events, with a total of seven students headed to Kearney.
Jarod Speer qualified for state with a third place finish in humorous prose, where Jessica Dolan also reached the finals and finished fifth. Ashley Chasek reached the finals in serious prose, finishing fifth.
Chasek went on to qualify for state with a second place finish in poetry, beaten only by teammate Mackenzie Nelsen who took home the district title, as well as her own spot in the state meet.
The duo of Speer and Jeremy Johnson finished second in Duet Acting to qualify, and Jared Sanford finished second in informative speaking to qualify as well.
Trevor Sorensen finished third in both persuasive speech and extemporaneous speech to earn two spots in the state meet. Alex Whitney also reached the finals in extemporaneous speech and finished fourth, just shy of state qualification.
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