Columbus drama team finishes third at Roundup meet

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Photo by Johanna Kern

(From the left) Adrian Cook, Ashton Zwetzig, and Lana Summers all earned first place medals at the Roundup speech and drama meet last Saturday.

A weekend off did not affect the Columbus speech and drama team at its most recent meet.  The group competed against 15 Class B schools in Roundup, with 16 of the 18 Cougar competitors advancing to finals.



With a third place finish, the Cougar drama team brought home a group trophy for the second meet in a row.

Leading the team with a first place finish was the dramatic duo of senior Ashton Zwetzig and sophomore Lana Summers.  Shelby Knudsen and Leslie Richardson, both sophomores, took third in classical theater.

Sophomores Maxine Jess and Jacob Jones, the team’s other dramatic duo group, earned fourth place, and the classical theater pair of freshmen Caydence Martin and Zoe Mentzer finished in fifth.

Both dramatic soloist Kadie Flemetis and the humorous duo group of seniors Ben Bullis and Cole Updegraff got sixth in their events.

Sophomore Avery Rager narrowly missed finals in humorous solo, according to Columbus Coach Johanna Kern.


Members of the speech team also held their own last weekend.  Senior Adrian Cook finished first in memorized public address (MPA), and senior Susan Carrel earned third in spontaneous oral interpretation (SPOI).

Senior Kolton Gladney took fourth in MPA, and senior Braiden Ranstrom finished fifth in original oratory.  SPOI competitor sophomore Izzy Carlson earned eighth place.

Kern noted that rookie Daniel St. Germain, a sophomore, barely missed finals in humorous oral interpretation.  Roundup was his first meet.



This weekend, the Cougar team will travel a couple hours to compete in Townsend.



In the last speech and drama article, it discussed all of the community help the Columbus speech and drama team received while hosting its meet.

Beartooth Ford and the Columbus Booster Club were mentioned as sponsors and volunteers for the hospitality room.  Parks Realty also helped sponsor the hospitality room, according to Kern.