Tricounty News

KAHS Speech season begins

The KAHS Speech Team started their season off last week with two meets in three days. Thursday, Jan. 29, they got their feet wet in Annandale's Round Robin tournament. Students in this tournament are evaluated on their own merits, rather than competing against each other, and earn "A" and "B" grades. Ribbons are awarded based on the number of "A's" a student earns. Of the thirteen students competing, 11 earned ribbons. Earning three A's were Lindsey Pramann, Chelsey Maus, Kelsey Vigoren, and Jenifer Gilpatrick (who also earned the season's first 100 percent score). Earning two A's were Spencer Capes, Kayla Hickman, Camen Miles, Shelby Schiefelbein, and Abby Zoller. Earning one A were Nessa Dahle and Beth Libbesmeier. Emily Mansicka and McKenzie Libbesmeier also competed in their first speech meet. From all the performances they see, judges are asked to choose a "Best at Site" and named Lindsey Pramann for her Storytelling talents. Saturday, Jan. 31, a speech skeleton crew traveled west to New London-Spicer while their teammates in One Act went east. Students were allowed to double-enter at this meet; that is, compete in two categories. Senior Kyle Messer competed in Serious Prose and Serious Poetry, earning a second-place medal in Serious Poetry. Junior Abby Zoller earned first place and third place medals in Original Oratory and Humorous respectively, while freshman Jenifer Gilpatrick earned fourth place in Original Oratory. Jenifer also tied for first place-a coin-toss determined the unbreakable tie and she brought home a second place medal in Humorous. Jared Capes, Spencer Capes, and Nate Harter rounded out the team, and together these six speakers won the Small Team First Place trophy. What a great start to what looks to be a great season for our KAHS Team. Congratulations, Speech Team. The speech team next travels to Sauk Rapids-Rice Saturday, Feb. 7. the bus leaves at 7:20 a.m.