High school Speech and Acting Team receive awards at local tournaments

At the November 19, 2016, Benton tournament, the team placed sixth in small school entry. These students broke into finals and earned ribbons or metals: Matthew Prouhet placed sixth in JV original comedy, Ethan Weld placed fifth in JV poetry reading, Olivia Williams placed first in JV poetry reading, and Dallon Beverly placed fourth in JV prose reading.  Pictured from back to front: Kameron McMillan, Kelsey Pearce, Steven Owens, Ethan Weld, Dallyn Beverly, Matthew Prouhet, Alex Hunter, Katie Wolf, Linda Flowers, Sean Mahan, and Olivia Williams.  (Submitted Photo)

At the November 19, 2016, Benton tournament, the team placed sixth in small school entry. These students broke into finals and earned ribbons or metals: Matthew Prouhet placed sixth in JV original comedy, Ethan Weld placed fifth in JV poetry reading, Olivia Williams placed first in JV poetry reading, and Dallon Beverly placed fourth in JV prose reading.
Pictured from back to front: Kameron McMillan, Kelsey Pearce, Steven Owens, Ethan Weld, Dallyn Beverly, Matthew Prouhet, Alex Hunter, Katie Wolf, Linda Flowers, Sean Mahan, and Olivia Williams. (Submitted Photo)

The O’Fallon High School Speech and Acting Team has had a busy season already and has received numberous awards for its efforts.

The team is a part of Southern Illinois Speech and Acting League which includes teams from Springfield on south. The team competes in regular season tournaments during November, December, and January then competes in postseason tournaments in February through IHSA.

Students compete in 14 different events; some are speech related and some are acting related. The speech related events involve memorizing and performing a five paragraph outline type essay either self written or someone else’s published work. The acting related events involve memorizing and performing a humorous or dramatic skit also self written are someone else’s published work. Once an event and piece are chosen, the student performs that piece all season long. At the tournaments, students have a chance to perform their piece twice; and if they earn enough points from those performances, then they have a chance to perform one more time in finals.

O’Fallon is considered a small school entry in the league because the team has less than 26 events at any tournament. For most tournaments, the team averages between seven and twelve entries.

Linda Flowers is the head coach and Katie Wolf is the assistant coach, both teachers at the high school.

At the November 5, 2016, Mascoutah tournament, the team placed third in small school entries. These students broke into finals and earned the following ribbons or medals: Matthew Prouhet placed sixth in JV original comedy, Alex Hunter placed third in JV original oratory, Olivia Williams placed third in JV poetry reading, Ethan Weld placed first in JV poetry reading, Dallyn Beverly placed eighth as a finalist in varsity prose reading.  Pictured, from back to front: Ethan Weld, Linda Flowers, Alex Hunter, Matthew Prouhet, Dallyn Beverly, Katie Wolf, and Olivia Williams. (Submitted Photo)

At the November 5, 2016, Mascoutah tournament, the team placed third in small school entries. These students broke into finals and earned the following ribbons or medals: Matthew Prouhet placed sixth in JV original comedy, Alex Hunter placed third in JV original oratory, Olivia Williams placed third in JV poetry reading, Ethan Weld placed first in JV poetry reading, Dallyn Beverly placed eighth as a finalist in varsity prose reading.
Pictured, from back to front: Ethan Weld, Linda Flowers, Alex Hunter, Matthew Prouhet, Dallyn Beverly, Katie Wolf, and Olivia Williams. (Submitted Photo)