Friday, February 23, 2018

The leaders of the Columbus speech, drama, and debate team.  The state medalists are, from left: Susan Carrel, Josiah Forseth, Alli Onoszko, and Riley Onoszko.

Carrel is speech state champion

Leading the Cougar speech and drama team at state, as she has all year, was junior Susan Carrel, the new state B-C champion in dramatic oral interpretation. She finished the season with a perfect 6-0 record in B-C meets.

Senior Josiah Forseth also had a good showing at state, finishing second in spontaneous oral interpretation.

The Onoszko sisters – senior, Alli, and sophomore, Riley – competed in seven debates, finishing as the third-best policy debate team in the state.

Of the 12 students Columbus Coach Johanna Kern took to the state tournament, 10 advanced past the four preliminary rounds to the semi-finals in their events.
Six Cougars earned a semi-finalist designation at state.

Two Columbus drama acts made it to the semi-final round – senior Heather Richardson and junior Ashton Zwetzig in dramatic duo, and freshman Leslie Richardson in dramatic solo.

Three Cougar semi-finalists competed in speech events – junior Kolton Gladney in memorized public address, senior Akira Castanon in dramatic oral interpretation, and junior Adrian Cook in impromptu.

The strong performance of Cougar speech members earned many points toward the team sweepstake awards. According to Kern, Columbus finished the meet in fourth place, three points short of a trophy.

Even though the speech and drama season has come to an end, there will still be an opportunity for members of the community to see the award-winning acts.

On Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, several state competitors will present their pieces during the evening of the school play. Kern said both nights will begin at 7 p.m. in the Columbus High School cafeteria.