Photo courtesy Michelle McIntyre
PRIDE—Interp team menbers (front, L-R) senior Ashley Sanchez; juniors Tatiana Chance and Reanna Rohrer; sophomore Jacy Koma; freshmen Kylie Woodruff and Sabina Kaiser; (back) sophomores Randy Vilayphone and Martin Kloster; junior Maddy Morgan; sophomore Blake Anderson and freshmen Phoebe Wallace, Madi Odens and Catherine Liu show off their awards Saturday at WHS.

Oral interp team hosts competition
Several Warriors place at Orange and Black event

By Mallory Junso, Logan Uttecht and Grace Kolb

Warrior oral interp team members hosted over 400 students from 23 schools Friday at WHS in the annual Orange and Black Oral Interp Tournament.

The team also had some team members with strong showings in the event. 

Sophomore Blake Anderson took fifth place in Varsity Dramatic Interp. Anderson and his partner, junior Maddy Morgan, also took fith place in Varsity Duo. 

Morgan took fifth in Varsity Humor, as well. 

Juniors Tatiana Chance and Reanna Rohrer took first in Novice Duo. Chance also took second place in Novice Storytelling. 

Sophomore Martin Kloster and senior Ashley Sanchez took second in Novice Duo. 

Junior Lainee Mentger took first place in Novice Humor. Mentger has taken first place in every tournament since the season has begun, and has only had one round where she did not take first in preliminary competition.

Senior Ashley Sanchez took first in Novice Non-Original Oratory. Freshman Phoebe Wallace took second in Novice Poetry. 

Sanchez said it was a very successful day for the Warrior team. 

“We worked really hard,” Sanchez said. “The hard work pays off, and I am very proud of the team.” 

Adviser Michelle McIntyre said she was pleased with her team’s performance. 

“We had a lot of success, and we have a lot of brand new team members who are really growing and seeing success right away,” McIntyre said. “For example, we have one team member who has been in first or second place for her first three tournaments and she is brand new to the activity, so we are happy with how it is going.”

The team’s next meet is Saturday, the Pumpkinstakes Invitational at Watertown High School, where the prizes are pumpkins and other gourds in honor of Halloween coming up soon, then has competitions in Mitchell, Yankton and Aberdeen coming up during a busy November for the team. 

They also have  some after-school novice events coming up soon.


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