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Lennox High School’s Emma Kilene qualifies for State Oral Interp held Dec. 2-3



Pictured (back row): Emma Kilene and Maddigan Van Sickle; (front row): Cecily Weiers and Valicity VanBriesen.


On Wednesday, November 16, Lennox High School’s Emma Kilene qualified for the State Oral Interpretation Festival in both Poetry and Non-Original Oratory. Kilene will perform “Bring on the Cheesecake” for her Non-Original Oratory and will perform “Learning to Love Yourself” for her Poetry Reading at State.


Cece Weiers is the alternate in serious interpretation.


To qualify for the festival, a student must place in the top three at the Region Meet. This year’s Region Meet was held in Vermillion.


Competing in the Region Meet were Cece Weiers in serious interp, Emma Kilene in poetry and non-original oratory, Valicity VanBriesen in storytelling and Maddigan Van Sickle.


“I am proud of all the students’ work and effort in getting ready for this competition. We have one of the harder regions in the state in my opinion. We have a very young team and they all gained a lot of valuable experience,” stated coach Michael Larson.


The State Festival will take place at Mitchell High School this Friday and Saturday, December 2-3. The first session begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 with the final and fifth session of the State Festival slated for Saturday, Dec. 3. Individual awards will be presented at the conclusion of each session.


Kilene will perform in the fourth session at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and the fifth session at 1:30 p.m., also on Saturday.


“I am proud of all the students’ work and effort in getting ready for this competition…We have a very young team and they all gained a lot of valuable experience.”

Michael Larson, Lennox High School Oral Interp Coach

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