The West Central Area Speech team made their 2017 debut at the Otter Orations speech meet on Saturday, January 28th. The meet contained almost 500 high school speakers, more than the population of Wendell, Kensington or even Barrett. In a sea of 35 very competitive schools, many of which were AA, we placed 16th as a team, had one individual champion and a superior speaker.
“We had a small team today,” said Coach Kari Kreft, “with several of our speakers participating in the sub-section, one act play competition and many our younger competitors, not quite ready to compete.” This was the first time we have competed in the Fergus Falls invitational. Typically, our first meet would be next week. We took ten entries and several observers with us today. It was a great chance for novice and experienced speakers alike, to get their feet wet, witness some excellent competition and begin to feel confident in their categories.”
Solomon Sewell, had a great day, earning the first place medal, and title of champion, in discussion against 35 others in his category. Brianna Kreft just missed the medal round, earning a superior speaker ribbon for placing first in two of her three rounds against 32 competitors. Each of our other speakers had celebrations of their own. First time discussants; John Barber, Ian Wittbrodt and Makenna Prarire all had rounds to be proud of and learned a lot about their category while productively speaking for WCA. Matt Poyzer started out strong in drama, placing second in at least one of his rounds against some very talented competition. Our young drama duo team of Nissa Nadgwick and Carly Steiner were pleased with their performances in a category known to be filled with veteran, quality speakers. Ethan Olson had 3 very strong and consistent rounds in the area of original oratory, advocating for animal rights. Tyler Biss, a rookie to the team, gained confidence and felt good about his informative speaking piece. Finally, in the area of storytelling, Emma Saulsbury ended third round with her best performance of the day.
Coach Kreft ended by saying, “It was a great start to what we hope is a very successful speech year, filled with growth and excitement as we perfect our pieces and gain confidence in our skills. These students are hardworking kids. We are excited to see where our season leads us”