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WHS speech wraps up successful year

Members of the Worthington High School speech team include, front (from left): Jenna Hoffman, Oziel Briones, Marco Ramos, Tanner Gundermann, Quinn Benz, Elizabeth Martinez Castro, Arely Martinez, Selma Dillon, Mariel Castaneda, Irma Zuniga, Citlali Chavez Vega, Samara Nordby. Back: Neydoh Gyi, Katie O’Donnell, Christipher Lee, Sean Souksavath, Theadore Stewart, Ben Lopez, Jack Johnson, Ashley Noerenberg, Cynthia Souksavath, New Bu. Not pictured: Evi Garcia. (Rickers Photography Studio)1 / 2
Four WHS speech team members qualified for Region 2AA section competition at Hutchinson on April 6. They were (from left) Mariel Castaneda, Katie O’Donnell, Christipher Lee and Cynthia Souksavath. (Special to The Globe)2 / 2

WORTHINGTON — After a season disrupted by unpredictable and uncooperative winter weather, the Worthington High School speech team ended its 2019 season on a high note.

Four WHS students qualified for Region 2AA section competition at Hutchinson on April 6, based on their performances at the March 21 sub-section meet at Mankato East. The section qualifiers were juniors Cynthia Souksavath (Great Speeches) and Katie O’Donnell (Humorous), and seniors Christipher Lee (Serious Prose) and Mariel Castaneda (Extemporaneous Reading).

Castaneda advanced to the finals and ultimately captured the seventh-place spot in her category in Region 2AA.

Coach Linda Neugebauer, assisted by Brandon Caster and Erin Makela, led a team of 23 seventh- through 12th graders to several 2019 meets that stretched from late January (at the Marshall Speech Spectacular) through late March.

WHS hosted its Trojan Tournament on Feb. 2. In all, three meets were cancelled due to winter weather events.

One season highlight was the WHS crew earning second place in the small team competition at the March 23 Pipestone meet.

WHS seniors Ben Lopez, Sean Souksavath and Tad Stewart were co-captains for the year.