State speech this weekend in Kearney

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) will be conducting its 2013 Speech Championships in Kearney on March 21-22. This year's championships will allow speech fans the opportunity to watch some event performances and all six championship award ceremonies live online.

The University of Nebraska-Kearney campus will host 1,158 students from 224 NSAA member school schools over the two-day event, including B6 District champ Gering. Classes A, B and C1 will compete Thursday. B and C1 will start the competition with first round speeches at 8 a.m. Class A begins its opening rounds at 9:30 a.m. The Class B finals will start at 2 p.m. with awards scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Health & Sports Center. The C1 finals are scheduled for 2 and 3:30 p.m. The awards presentation for C1 is expected to begin at 5 p.m. The Class A finals will start at 3:30 p.m. with awards taking place immediately following the C1 ceremony (approx 5:30 p.m.).

Friday's competition will feature the NSAA's C2, D1 and D2 schools. Classes D2 and C2 start at 8 a.m. with first round action. Class D1 begins its opening round at 9:30 a.m. The Class D2 finals are set for 2 p.m. with awards scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Health & Sports Center. The C2 finals are scheduled for 2 and 3:30 p.m. C2 awards are slated for 5 p.m. The Class D1 championship finals begin at 3:30 p.m. with awards to take place immediately following the C2 ceremony (approx 5:30 p.m.).

Nebraska Educational Television (NET) will again be webcasting the awards ceremonies live each day. Live webcasting, courtesy of Play On Sports, will be produced for the events scheduled in Rooms 238D and 238E of the UNK Student Union each day. DVD's from performances scheduled in those rooms on Thursday and Friday can be purchased at for $20.

Links to the live performances, the award ceremonies, and final results for all classes and can be found on the NSAA's speech page: Final results for publication will be posted immediately following the completion of each award ceremony.

Admission to the NSAA Speech Championships is free.

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