Photo courtesy Michelle McIntyre
QUALIFIER—Junior Blake Anderson shows off his award at the Omaha contest Saturday.

Junior sees success at Nebraska speech event
Blake Anderson earns bid to National Tournament

By Ganin Thompson, Hannah Wentzel and Rachel Wilson

From a key role as the Tin Man in the “Wizard of Oz” musical at WHS as a freshman to recent success as a member of the oral interp team, junior Blake Anderson has no problem with public performances. 

Most recently, Anderson competed in the Millard North High School Invitational in Omaha, Neb., Saturday and won fourth overall in Dramatic Interp at the large competition. 

Out of 78 entries in his category, Anderson rocketed into the top six after three preliminary rounds, which earned him one bid toward qualifying for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions this May. He needs only one more bid to earn a spot at the event, and will vie for that achievement in Marshall, Minn., at the end of January. 

Anderson also competed in Program Oral Interp at the Nebraska event, creating his own story using three genres of literature about the unconditional love that bonds mothers and children Anderson won first place in two rounds, nearly making champion finals in that event, as well. This was significant because it was the first time he had competed using this selection. 

Anderson is excited. 

“I’m excited to compete in our national qualifiers this February, and the ultimate goal is to make it to nationals in Dallas this June,” he said. 

Anderson’s oral interp teammates seniors Maddy Morgan and Reanna Rohrer also competed Saturday at the Central Forensics Conference Tournament hosted at WHS, taking first place in Duo Interp. Morgan and Rohrer swept all rounds of competition, including finals, with perfect scores from all judges. Morgan also took first place in humorous Interp at the event.

Anderson and the oral interp team will next be in action at the Sliver Bowl Invitational Saturday at Lincoln High School. 


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