St. Luke dominates West 40 speech competition
All 14 members of the St. Luke Speech Team that competed Feb. 9 in the 2019 West 40 Speech and Drama Festival won first-place to lead the team of fifth through eighth graders to a top overall team finish.
According to the school’s website, Katelyn McHugh (humorous presentation), Maisy Keith (slam poetry), Ryann Dawson (serious poetry), James Leonardi (humorous monologue), Savion Johnson and Dutch Navigato (humorous duet), Maya Kappe, Ayani Vazquez and Frida Guillén (trio presentation), Chloe Nio, Lily Claire Nottestad and Olivia Tsitovich (trio presentation), and Will DeGroff and Will Hoey (extemporaneous duet) all posted perfect scores on the way to top finishes.
Other winners for St. Luke’s included Olivia Tsitovich (oratorical declamation), Angelina Jankovich (humorous poetry), Rosemary Gleason (serious monologue), “The Stinky Cheese Man” fifth/sixth graders (reader’s theatre), “Stranger Danger” seventh graders (reader’s theatre), and “Inside/Out” eighth graders (dramatic presentation).
“The St. Luke Speech Team dominated today at the West 40 speech competition,” school officials posted on Facebook. “Not only did the team take first place overall, but each individual performer and group performance took first place in their categories. This was no easy win for these fifth through eighth graders, as they competed against five incredibly talented teams from the Oak Park and River Forest area. Congratulations, Bearcats! Your hard work paid off.”
The competition was held at Elmwood Park High School in Elmwood Park.