BHS Literary team wins region

Published 12:06 pm Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Saturday afternoon, the Bainbridge High School Literary team competed for the region championship against area schools. This is the first year literary has been recognized as GHSA sport, and BHS was proud to call themselves the first 4A region champions.

The events for the competition included essay writing, extemporaneous speaking, music and theatrical interpretations.

In these categories, Piper Loeffler won first place for Girls Solo, Kaitlin Floyd won first place for Humorous Theatrical Interpretation and Floyd and her partner Mikayla Kincaid won first place for Duo Theatrical Interpretation.

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Willie Ray won second place in Boys Solo, while Viviana Schuyler won second place for Rhetorical Essay. Alex Hatcher was the runner up in Personal Essay and Joshua Robinson placed second in International Extemporaneous Speaking.

Loeffler, Floyd, Kincaid and Robinson will now go to state this Saturday in hopes of bringing home a title.

Literary chair Leigh Powell said last year state was canceled completely, so this year the team is really looking forward to competing.

“We are now competing in another region, but we’ve had a great time competing in this region,” she said. “It feels good to compete against other schools, who compete like we do; it’s much more balanced.”

However, the wins in this completion, Powell attributes all to her students.

“A lot of this competition is not something I can prepare them for,” she said. “I give them materials to practice on, but a lot of the work they do themselves.”

Going into state, Powell feels like the team’s chances are good.

“I feel really confident,” she said. “We have a good chance with these really talented seniors.”

Loeffler is one of these seniors. Her final solo will be two pieces. One will be a sull’aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, while the other will be a piece from the musical Carousel titled “If I Loved You.”

Powell wishes all her seniors luck and said she and her co-sponsor Mr. Poppell are immensely proud of the team.