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PHS Speech Team Wins District Tournament
PHS Speech Team Wins District Tournament
Ketina Armstrong
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

On March 7th, Pacific High School’s (PHS) Speech Team won the South Central District Speech Tournament.  First place winners qualifying for the state tournament are Maddie Cook for Storytelling and Jonah Sprick and Tad Monning for Duo Interpretation.  Josh Liebhart and Maddie Cook placed second in Duet Acting, Tad Monning, placed second in Prose Reading, and Jay Nahm placed third in Dramatic Interpretation which earns them a spot in the state tournament.  Also contributing to the team’s tournament victory were Jasper Harris in Extemporaneous Speaking, Jay Nahm in Original Oratory, and Emerson Steger in Humorous Interpretation.  

Maddie Cook became the second PHS student to win three district speech championships in a career:

 2019: Duo Interpretation (with Josh Liebhart)

2019: Dramatic Interpretation

2020: Storytelling

The other was Colin Busby:

2007: Original Oratory

2008: Original Oratory

2008: Duet Acting (with Colton Richardson)

Maddie is the only PHS student to win three district championships with three different events.

Pictured from back left:  Josh Liebhart, Tad Monning, Jonah Sprick, Jasper Harris, and Jay Nahm
From front left: Emerson Steger, Coach Ed Kappeler, and Maddie Cook

Photo Credit: Lisa Cook