Tricounty News

Central MN Conference speech results

With the melting of the snow comes the end of the speech season ... almost. The road to the state speech tournament begins Thursday, March 26, where the Kimball Speech Team will compete in the subsection tournament. Before then, they met the Central Minnesota Conference, including teams from Eden Valley-Watkins, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Maple Lake, and Rockford. With EV-W and Maple Lake in our subsection, and B-B-E in our Section, this meet gives a glimpse into who may be traveling on that "State Highway." Kimball boasts of three Central Minnesota Conference Champions, who are likely to continue that journey next week. Junior Kelsey Vigoren took top honors in Original Oratory, joined by junior Abby Zoller in second place. In Great Speeches, eighth-grader Kenzie Traurig is the conference champion. Storyteller Lindsey Pramann, junior, is our third champion. Tyler Dockery, eighth grade, continued to collect awards, taking second place in Extemporaneous Reading, as did freshman Jenifer Gilpatrick, placing third in Humorous Interpretation. Seniors Kate Hoff and Kyle Messer respectively placed third in Serious Drama and second in Serious Prose. Savannah Tuthill, eighth grade, took fifth place in Discussion. Together, the Kimball team earned third place in the Conference, not bringing home hardware, but richly deserving their highest CMC placement in many years. The CMC Champion team was B-B-E, with EV-W winning CMC Runner-Up. Congratulations to all CMC teams and Champions. And also, for Saturday: Following the Conference meet Thursday, most of our senior high team were Chicago-bound with Mr. Haake and the rest of the KAHS Senior High band. With just 12 students competing Saturday, March 21, the remaining Kimball team nonetheless made a good showing at Melrose. Despite facing tough teams from Willmar, St. Cloud Tech., and St. Cloud Cathedral, along with a good showing of Section 5A teams, Kimball placed fourth in the Medium Team category and put three students in the final round. A special note: the three students who competed final rounds are junior high students. Why is this special? Because they compete against senior high students with more experience, and consistently do very well. Tyler Dockery earned seventh place in Extemporaneous Reading, while Kenzie Traurig placed eighth in Great Speeches; both are in eighth grade. Seventh-grader Shelby Schiefelbein took eighth place in Original Oratory. Jenifer Gilpatrick, freshman, earned an honorable mention in Humorous. The accomplishments of these four young ladies predicts a very good future for the Kimball Speech Team as we continue to build a strong, competitive program. Congratulations to the Kimball Speech Team. We will next be competing at the Subsection Tournament at Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday, March 26. The first round begins at 4:15 p.m.