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Louisa speech team prepping for the state championship

Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Max Montana practices a speech in front of his teammates in preparation for the VHSL Class 4 state championship this Saturday at Clover Hill High School.

Five members of the Louisa Lions’ speech team are making their final preparations to compete at the Virginia High School League state championship on March 30 at Clover Hill High School.

Senior Megan Hall will compete at the state level for the second time in as many years. She finished second in the dramatic interpretation event last season.

“I’m hoping to make it into the top three again,” she said.   

Hall, who has been a member of the speech team since her freshman year, won the event at the Class 4 Super Region championship on March 2 to advance to states. She competes in dramatic interpretation because of the event’s acting element.

“The acting is sharper and you’re popping in and out of character and you get to look at the people you’re performing for,” she said. “I like that element of it.”

Joining Hall at the state competition are senior Tyler McDaniel, sophomores India Bachelor and Max Montana and freshman Ashton Lonce, all of whom will be competing at the state speech championship for the first time. All of them are excited to compete at the state level.

McDaniel placed first in poetry at the super region with a dramatic reading of a poem about domestic abuse.

“I didn’t think I would place,” she said. “I was competing against some really talented people.”

Bachelor, who competes in storytelling, performs a one-woman show of the children’s book “When The Crayons Quit.” Her performance at the super region earned her a second-place finish.

Preparation for both McDaniel and Bachelor involves repeated performances of their material. Sometimes they perform for their teammates and get feedback, while at other times they don’t have an audience at all.

(Article by Joseph Haney)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s March 28, 2019 issue.

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