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January 24, 2014

Northeast 'excited' about hosting speech contest

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Students, Huling added, use speech for a number of outlets, not limited to writing, creative expression, filmmaking and acting. She said the student body has promoted the activity, and that has led to numerous participants, for which she’s proud.

“Some students, and I, enjoy creating things and putting them into action,” Huling said.

Normal speech competitions divide participants in each category into groups, or rounds. During each round students are scored on their performance with a number scale. A “1” mark denotes a first place for the round. When scores are tallied, students advance further into the competition.

Those students are then pooled into a final round based on their scores. In the finals, a winner is declared based on the same scoring system.

Huling said groups who receive a “1” grade on Saturday will move on to the state competition.

“If you get anything but a one — a two, a three or a four — you’re done. Cutthroat,” she said.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Judges will meet at 7 a.m. with performances beginning roughly an hour after. Huling said she expects competition to conclude by 3 p.m. with ceremonies concluding by 4 p.m.

She encourages the community to partake in the event, and added that the work of 60 to 70 Goose Lake volunteers will help keep the event running on time.

Donations are welcome for attendees.

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