Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
"It was a dark and stormy nigh ... er, morning." Generally, this is the way we start a speech article in February, not April. But Mother Nature has many moods and this past week, she was cold and frosty.
And so it was that on Saturday, April 12, the Kimball speech team headed for the 5A Section Tournament in Melrose on ice-glazed roads into a gloomy horizon instead of into the rosy-painted dry roads we'd hoped for. Those frosty roads caused some minor delays in the start of the tournament, but before long, round one was under way. Ten Kimball speech team members had advanced to Section competition, and senior Kelsey Klein, a first alternate in Serious Prose, was drawn to compete because of a drop in her category. Of the 11 students competing, four Kimball speechers scored well enough in preliminary rounds to speak in the final round: senior Sammi Stewart-James in Humorous Interpretation, sophomore Lindsey Pramann in Storytelling, and Chelsey Maus (eighth-grade) and Tyler Dockery (seventh-grade) in Extemporaneous Reading advanced to the final round. In order to advance to State competition, a student must place in the top three in their category, with places fourth, fifth and sixth as alternates. Sammi and Lindsey finished off their seasons by taking eighth place in their categories. Chelsey Maus, who took second place at Subsections last week, place sixth and is the third alternate in her category. Tyler Dockery, who placed fifth at Subsections and fourth at Conference, took third place in Extemporaneous Reading and advances to the State Tournament. Kimball's last entries in the State Tournament were Vanessa Gillman in Creative Expression in 2006 and Jennifer Schefers in Serious Drama in 2004, both seniors. In this coach's knowledge, Kimball has never had a seventh-grade student advance to State in speech - Miss Dockery may well be our youngest State competitor to date. Tyler will compete Friday, April 18, at South St. Paul High School. Congratulations to all the Kimball speech members who competed at Sections and GOOD LUCK, TYLER! Jody Markgraf, coach