Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point High School speech team has started the season off quite well. The Wolves have competed in invitational speech and drama tournaments in Sidney and Cut Bank.
All team members chose to compete in oral interpretation events. Oral interpretation is a dramatic art commonly called “interpretive reading.” Students make selections from drama, prose or poetry. While standing in place with manuscripts in hand, students perform a dramatic reading using only their voice and facial expressions. Students are not allowed to sing, move, use hand gestures, wear costumes or use props. Students are judged on the mechanics of speech — poise, quality and use of voice, effectiveness and ease of gesture, emphasis, variety and enunciation.
In addition, students must be able to interpret the meaning of their selections and be able to carry their interpretation over to the audience.
The three speech events in oral interpretation are humorous, serious and spontaneous.
Spontaneous oral interpretation is a brand new event to the class B/C division. Competitors are given a selection from drama, prose, poetry or a music lyric and must “spontaneously” give a performance after only a few minutes to prepare.
This year, there are three returning team members, senior Steven Remington, who took third at the 2013 state speech tournament, will again compete in humorous oral interpretation. Remington has written his own comedic piece titled Relationships.
Junior Tyleen Black Cloud, who took eighth at the 2013 divisional speech tournament, will again compete in serious oral interpretation. Black Cloud chose a dramatic monologue titled She Looks Good by Charlotte Jones.
Sophomore Devin Northington, who competed in serious oral interpretation last year, has chosen to compete in spontaneous oral interpretation.
Two newcomers to the team are senior John Benevente and junior LaTeshia Hotomanie. Both have chosen to compete in HOI. Benevente has chosen a comedy monologue titled The Problem with Girls by Tim Mogford. Hotomanie chose a comedy monologue titled Acceptance by Carolyn West.
On Nov. 2 at the Class A Sidney Meet in the preliminary rounds, Black Cloud scored fourth, first and fifth for a score of 10, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, she scored seventh, fourth and sixth for a score of 27. Black Cloud took seventh place. There were a total of 14 competitors in the SOI event.
Northington competed in impromptu since SPOI is only a class B/C event. In the preliminary rounds, he scored third, fourth and fourth for a score of 11, qualifying him for finals. In the final round, he scored third, fifth and sixth for a final score of 25. Northington took fifth place. There were a total of nine competitors in the impromptu event.
With only these two competitors, the Wolves placed fifth out of 14 teams. Placing fourth was Baker, third Glasgow, second Forsyth and first Huntley-Project.
On Nov. 9 at the class B/C Cut Bank meet in the preliminary rounds, Black Cloud scored second, first and first for a score of four, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, she scored fourth and fourth for a score of 12.
Black Cloud took second place while Lorin Zylks took first. It was a tough competition for Black Cloud as Zylks took second at the 2013 state speech tournament in their event. There were a total of nine competitors in the SOI event.
In SPOI, Northington started out strong in the preliminary rounds, scoring first, first and second for a score of four, qualifying him for finals. In the final round, he scored fifth, sixth and sixth for a final score of 21. Northington took fourth place. There were a total of 12 competitors in the SPOI event.
For HOI, newcomers Benevente and Hotomanie did exceptionally well for their very first meet. In the preliminary rounds, Benevente scored fifth, fourth and second for a score of 11. Hotomanie was in the groove scoring first, third and first for a score of five. Both qualified for finals. In the final round, Benevente scored fourth, fifth and third for a final score of 23. He took fifth place. Hotomanie scored fifth, eighth and eighth for a final score of 26. She took sixth place.
Remington showed he was a force to be reckoned with. In the preliminary rounds, he scored first, third, and first for a score of five. He dominated the final round by scoring first, first and first, for a final score of eight. Remington took first place. There were a total of 11 competitors in the HOI event.
With all five competitors making finals, the Wolves placed second out of 15 teams. Placing third was Shelby with Cut Bank placing first.
After two meets, the Wolf Pack has shown they will be contenders this season. Coach Chelly Harada said, “I can’t begin to express the pride I feel in this year’s team. Walking up to claim that trophy for the team was awesome. It was great hearing other coaches’ compliment on how well the Wolves have done since I started coaching. The team was honored when Cut Bank coach Mark Flaherty gave them an even bigger trophy as a memento for earning their first trophy!”
The next speech meet will be in Circle on Saturday, Nov. 16.