The WCA speech team had an incredible day speaking at the Class A State Speech Tournament on Saturday, April 22nd. They were one of 95 schools represented that day and tied for 12th as a team. The three speakers, Matthew Poyzer, Solomon Sewell and Brianna Kreft knew what had to be done and did it in an amazing, poised manner.
We are so incredibly proud of Matt. He made his first state appearance ever in the very competitive category of serious interpretation of drama and just missed speaking in finals, losing a tiebreaker in eighth place to so. He admitted to being terrified and was in awe of the fantastic talent he witnessed and had to be reminded several times that he was part of that fantastic talent. What he was able to do as a first year state competitor was outstanding and several were brought to tears as he very convincingly finished his dramatic piece each round.
Solomon Sewell, also a first year competitor in the Class A State Tournament, did what few people can accomplish, spoke in the final round of discussion and did it with great confidence and showmanship. Solomon's discussion skills were a sight to see. He held his own with the best and most competitive in the state, sharing pertinent information, assuring that the group stayed on task and worked cooperatively to achieve what was asked. Solomon finished in a very respectable fourth place beating out several competitors that have spoken at the tournament before.
Brianna Kreft finished the speech season where every speaker dreams of being, champion in her category. As the finalists in extemporaneous reading were being named she realized they were down to the final two, herself and fellow 6A competitor, Noah Stetz. The next thing she remembers is they called out "And in second place from, Breckenridge, MN..." She remembered realizing, I don't live in Breckenridge, that means I just won! She doesn't remember much after that, but was overjoyed to go home with a blue ribbon around her neck.
As coaches, we want our speakers to be able to give their best performances each round and if they can say that, we accept whatever comes next. These three speakers did exactly that in a very intimidating and daunting venue, the state tournament. We are so very proud of them and all that they accomplished this season.