The northern Panhandle schools scooped up five medals at the State Speech Meet in Kearney, including one state championship.

Michael Barth of Gordon-Rushville was the area’s state champion, winning the Class C1 poetry category. Barth also medaled in serious prose, where he finished in second place.

Rachel Johnson, also of Gordon-Rushville, took third place in Class C1 persuasive speaking. Johnson also finished 11th in informative speaking, her second event at State Speech.

Shoilee Rahman of Chadron took third place in Class B informative speaking, and Levi Wilson rounded out the group of medalists with a fourth place finish in the Class D2 persuasive speaking category.

Chadron’s Logan Lembke finished 10th in Class B extemporaneous speaking, while Jenna Banzhaf finished 16th in poetry for Class B. Sara Ginkens of Gordon-Rushville was 18th in Class C1 entertainment speaking. Hemingford’s Abigail Bright finished 17th in Class C2 informative speaking. Taylor Rempp of Sioux County finished 11th in entertainment speaking for Class D2, and Casey Osantowski, also of Sioux County, finished in 18th position in extemporaneous speaking.

Eighteen competitors compete in each speaking category; the top six are awarded medals after two preliminary rounds and a final round of competition.

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