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State Champion Inman’s DeVore Wins In Serious Solo Acting

Posted 5/12/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN –Kirstan DeVore, sophomore at Inman High School, had an extremely successful season in her first year of forensics.

DeVore captured first place in the serious solo acting division in the Class 2A State Speech and Drama Championships Saturday, April 30, at Wichita’s Bishop Carroll High School.

“I was hoping for finals,” DeVore said. “I really had no idea who I was going up against. I was hoping to place.”

The state contest consisted of three rounds. DeVore said she did not start out well, but did better as the contest went along.

“In the finals, the judges really like it,” DeVore said. “It was pretty good.”

DeVore’s presentation was entitled “A Hand to Hold.” It was based on a piece written by Ann Marie Thompson.

In the story, DeVore portrayed a mentally disabled woman. DeVore said a key to her performance was showing the woman’s emotions.

“I had to feel what she was feeling and get into her mindset,” DeVore said.

DeVore noted she spent plenty of time working on letting her emotions show, as well as the woman’s mannerisms.

“It about became natural,” she added. “It was something I had to try to improve on during the meets this season.”

Personally, DeVore said she does not show her emotions.

“When you’re in character, you have to be as dramatic a person as you can be,” she noted.

At the end of the state championships, officials announced the top six in each event, starting with sixth place. DeVore said she realized she must have done well as the names were being announced. When Devore and Hannah Gouvion from Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan were the only finalists left, Gouvion was announced as for second place.

“I thought to myself, ‘I got first at state,’” DeVore said. “It’s amazing.”

Inman sent three other students to the state championships and one to the state festival.

Freshman Maria Urwiller competed in the festival and received a 2 rating in serious solo acting.

“She had an amazing season,” Inman forensics coach Staci Eddy said.

Sophomore Alexis Bradley competed in poetry interpretation.

“She came in late in the season with this poem, qualified for state and was so close to breaking into semifinals,” Eddy said.

Jackson Doerksen and Jaxon Eddy competed in duet acting at state. The pair advanced to the semifinal “barely missing finals,” the coach said.

“I can’t wait to see what these two bring next year,” she added.

Staci Eddy said the team “had a great weekend at state.”

“It was an emotional and exciting time for all of us,” she said.

DeVore said she definitely planned to continue with forensics.

“I found my niche with it,” DeVore added.

The sophomore said she tried forensics in an effort to broaden her horizons.

“I felt I needed to get out of my comfort zone and do new things,” DeVore said.

DeVore said she might want to try another category next year. She is considering poetry interpretation.

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Valley Hope Presents Awards

Posted 5/12/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Staff from Valley Hope-Moundridge presented two Golden Heart Awards during the addiction treatment center’s first annual Nigh of Hope Saturday, April 30, at Valley Hope treatment center.

Jana Hinz, assistant program director, said the award honors a community member that has gone above and beyond to help patients at Valley Hope.

Hinz presented the first Golden Heart to Moundridge Police Chief Jay Kessler.

Hinz said a young woman was dropped off at Valley Hope.

“She was out of control,” Hinz said. “She wasn’t ready to come in yet.

“We didn’t know what to do,” she continued. “We called for help.”

Hinz said Kessler responded to the call and spent an hour and a half helping to defuse the situation.

Kessler took the women to the McPherson County Jail, but she was released the next day and entered into treatment at Valley Hope, Hinz said.

She noted the woman eventually completed the Valley Hope program.

“I’m here to accept this honor for the Moundridge Police Department,” Kessler said. “Thanks to Mike (Grover, Valley Hope program director) for offering this service to the community.”

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Rural Man Dies In Lawnmower Repair Accident

Posted 5/12/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Monte Stucky, age 57, of rural Moundridge, was found dead Sunday, May 8, near his home in the 400 block of 18th Avenue, McPherson County Sherriff’s Office Capt. Doug Anderson said.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel were notified of the accident, at 8 p.m., Sunday.

“A neighbor had attempted to call him the previous day and couldn’t get ahold of him,” Anderson said. “She came by Sunday and found him.”

Anderson said Stucky was apparently working on his Hustler riding lawnmower.

“It was up on jacks,” Anderson said. “It apparently fell off the jacks, came down on top of him and it pinned him.”

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