WCA Speech Team Places Third at Subsections
The WCA Speech Team placed third, behind speech powerhouse teams, Parkers Prairie (first) and Staples-Motley (second). Friday, March 31st was an exciting evening for the Knights. Twelve of the fourteen competitors, are advancing to the section meet in Underwood on Saturday, in hopes of earning a trip to the state tournament. Like all competitions at tournament time, there were surprises, both positive and negative, but ultimately each of these speakers was successful at achieving their goals and are able to continue speaking. Champions in section 21A were Solomon Sewell (discussion) and Nathan Lewis (poetry). Runner-up status went to Mathew Poyzer (drama) and Ethan Olson (original oratory). In third place were, John Barber (discussion), Emily Engen (storytelling), and Timothy Ruud (poetry). Finishing in fourth were, Hannah Anderson (great speeches), Kristin Gilbertson (poetry), and Brianna Kreft (extemporaneous reading). In informative speaking, Rose Borash earned a 6th place finish and Tyler Biss, an 8th place finish. Rounding out our tournament team were Max Duncan in humorous and Alana Olson in prose. A surprise conclusion to the evening was having Kari Kreft honored as Subsection 21 coach of the year.
We are very excited about next Saturday and what might happen at sections. “These are very talented and poised speakers, great kids and hard workers. Like any coach, I am hoping there are all able to give their best performances on Saturday and excited to see where that might lead them. That being said, section 6A is extremely competitive in speech and advancing speakers to state will be a challenge. A challenge we are ready to take on!”