by Katlyn Brooks
This season, the bobcat speech team has been placing really good. On February 4th they were invited to Aurora to compete. Poetry placed second and sixth, while Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) placed third and fifth. They were also invited to Sandy Creek’s competition on February 11th, placing even better. While OID placed fourth, poetry placed first! About two weeks later on February 22nd, was the Twin Valley Conference (TVC). OID placed second and poetry placed fifth. Three days later on February 25th, poetry got fifth place and OID got third place. The team will participate in districts on March 14th at Deshler.
“This is my first year working with the speech team,” says Mrs. Schwinn, “so I’m learning a lot about how the competitions actually work. Blue Hill has a small group compared to many other nearby schools so the chances of winning meets is always slim. However, the events we do take always compete very closely with the best in their respective events. Even after multiple practices and meets, the OID still makes me laugh with their Star Wars characters.”
Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID):
By Becky Cox
Yesterday, our Quiz Bowl team traveled to Hastings to compete in a tournament set up by ESU 9. The meet was hosted at North Shore on the northern side of Hastings.
Blue Hill went up against Hampton first. The Bobcats easily beat their first team, but faced a greater challenge second round. Hastings High 3 beat the Blue Hill team in just 7 rounds of questions. But our team was able to stay in the consolation bracket by defeating Hastings High 1. In the final round, it was a close call but they lost to Saint Cecilia by a mere 10 points.
This years quiz bowl team consists of seniors Collin Brown, Becky Cox, and Michael Hiller, juniors Trent Karr and Trace Ockinga, and sophomores Colby Karr, Brianna Danehey, and Rylee Kohmetscher.
By Becky Cox
PeeWee to high school, and now to college football. At the young age of 10, Collin Brown started his football career and now he will officially become a UNK Loper next Fall.
During 4th grade, Brown joined his first football team, the Hastings Chargers. All his life, Collin has been a bit bigger than most of the other kids on his team. That has made it possible for him to play Offensive and Defensive line since his start in the sport. By 6th grade, Collin was truly in love with football. Between his 6th and 7th year of school, Brown realized he wanted to go all to way: To play collegiate. And that dream has now come true.
For the past 5 months, Collin, along with some family support, has traveled all over the midwest visiting colleges, trying to find the right one for him. After many days traveling, football camps, and hard thinking, he made his choice.
As of this week, Collin Brown will officially become a UNK Loper next August. When asked what the deciding factor was, he said, “My head, heart, and gut is at UNK.” He is very excited to be part of a new family. His only fear is the college life that accompanies his choice to play in college.