According to the calendar, we are gaining several minutes of sunlight each day as winter turns to spring. And while winter sports give way to spring sports, (I can smell softball in the air) the speech team has just completed half of their competitive season. Before they are done, the snow will have melted, the trees will wear embryo green, and the flowers will have begun to bloom.
So far this season, the Kimball speechers have celebrated many victories, the first of which is having the largest team in 10 years. With 31 students, Kimball is regularly in the large team category, competing against schools such as New London-Spicer, Melrose, and Willmar for team trophies. While we've not brought home the team hardware we did last season, nevertheless the team has done well, placing third at both Albany and Swanville meets, and fourth of six teams at Paynesville. At the large Princeton meet, hosted by Kimball alumni Thor Mattick, Kimball brought home a 3rd place trophy in the medium team category behind Sauk Rapids-Rice and St. Cloud Cathedral. Finally, this past week at Sauk Centre, Kimball placed fifth of six large teams. Of these large teams, Kimball is the school with the smallest student population, making the team's accomplishment that much more noteworthy.
Every individual on the team contributes to team success, whether they are a first-year speecher or six-year team veteran. The 2010 Kimball Speechers are, by category: Creative Expression - Ehrin Elliot (10), Johnna Johnson-Talbot (8); Discussion - Savannah Tuthill (9), Jonathan Bisila (9), Caleb Anderson (8); Duo Interpretation - Camen Miles (9) and Logan Bartholomew (9), Nick Anderson (12) and Mitch Hurrle (10), Blake Fox (9) and Spencer Capes (9); Extemporaneous Reading - Chelsey Maus (10), Tyler Dockery (9), Hannah Zipoy (9), Alissa Jones (9); Extemporaneous Speaking - Tara Matthieson (10); Great Speeches - Kenzie Traurig (9), Lindsey Pramann (12); Humorous - Nicole Johnson (9), Olivia Straley (8), Nessa Dahle (9); Informative - Megan Bisila(8); Original Oratory - Abby Zoller (12), Kelsey Vigoren (12), Shelby Schiefelbein (8), McKenzie Libbesmeier (8); Serious Drama - Holly Dahlinger (8); Serious Poetry - Ashley Angier (9), Kelsi Woods (12); and Serious Prose - Jayme Olson (10), Regan Dockery(8), and Alan Mancini (12).
While each speecher has had individual successes throughout the season, several have been recognized for their efforts with medals, ribbons, and trophies. At the Albany meet, Tyler Dockery, Chelsey Maus, and Alissa Jones took first, second, and third places and Hannah Zipoy received an honorable mention in the Ext. Reading category. Jonathan Bisila placed fifth in Discussion, Lindsey Pramann and Kenzie Traurig took third and fifth in Great Speeches, Nessa Dahle placed third in Humorous, Megan Bisila took sixth in Informative, Kelsey Vigoren, Shelby Schiefelbein, and Abby Zoller earned second, fourth, and an honorable mention in Original Oratory, and Ashley Angier placed second in Poetry. The next week at Swanville, Camen Miles and Logan Bartholomew earned an honorable mention in Duo, Extemp Readers swept the category for a second week, placing Chelsey Maus, Tyler Docker, and Alissa Jones as first, second, and third, with Hannah Zipoy receiving another honorable mention. In Great Speeches, Lindsey Pramann placed second and in Humorous, Nicole Johnson earned an honorable mention. In Original Oratory, Kelsey Vigoren won second, with Shelby Schiefelbein and Abby Zoller bringing home honorable mentions. Regan Dockery earned second place in Prose.
The Paynesville meet is the first Final Round meet, where the top eight contenders in each category compete in front of three judges. We had competitors placed in Finals at Paynesville, with the following results. Jonathan Bisila-fifth Discussion; Tyler Dockery-first, Chelsey Maus-fifth Extemp Reading; Tara Matthieson - eighth Extemp Speaking; Lindsey Pramann-third, Kenzie Traurig-HM, Great Speeches; Megan Bisila-fifth Informative; Shelby Schiefelbein-first, Kelsey Vigoren-fifth Original Oratory. At the large Princeton meet, Miles and Bartholomew took seventh place out of 45 Duo teams; out of 39 Extemp Readers, Chelsey Maus placed fifth, Alissa Jones sixth, with Tyler Dockery and Hannah Zipoy receiving honorable mentions. Lindsey Pramann placed seventh of 21 in Great Speeches while Kelsey Vigoren, Shelby Schiefelbein, and Abby Zoller placed third, fifth, and eighth out of 28 Original Oratory entries. Ashley Angier also received an honorable mention in Poetry, ranking 12th of 42 competitors.
Finally, this past week at the Star Trek-themed Sauk Centre meet, Kimball's talented speakers took home more medals. Duo Miles and Bartholomew placed second in their category, Chelsey Maus and Alissa Jones won second and fifth places in Extemp Reading, Lindsey Pramann took eighth place in Great Speeches, and Abby Zoller took fourth place in Original Oratory.
This coming Saturday, March 13, Kimball hosts one of Central Minnesota's larger tournaments, expecting registrations of 500 students representing schools from Alexandria to Cambridge-Isanti and Royalton to Buffalo Lake-Hector. The meet, like all Speech events, is open to the public. If you'd like to come watch our talented speech team in action, the first round begins at 9 a.m., second at 10:15 a.m., and the third at 11:30 a.m. Check in with Coach Jody at the District Office to find a particular student, or pop into a favorite category to watch. Final rounds will begin at 1:30 p.m.