Tricounty News

Kimball High School's Speech Team

Holidays play an interesting role in the schedule of the Kimball Speech Team. For example, the speechers officially begin practice Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day. For the first two years that I coached, Dec. 7 was chosen for no particular reason as the date in which students begin receiving credit for their practices. When I later noticed this coincidence, Pearl Harbor Day became the official start of each speech season which is strangely fitting. For speech students, the Day that Lives in Infamy also reminds them of a quote given by President Franklin Roosevelt in his First Inaugural Address: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself". On Thursday, team rookies and veterans were reminded of this as they traveled to Annandale for the first speech meet of the season. At Annandale's Round Robin tournament, students are given grades and percentages for their individual performance in each of three rounds, and, for this meet only, are not judged against other students. A student earning one A receives a Yellow ribbon; two As earns a white ribbon, and three As a green ribbon. For the first time, all Kimball competitors earned ribbons. Earning yellow ribbons were Nessa Dahle, Jenifer Gilpatrick, Kate Hoff, Megan Jones, Kenzie Traurig, and the Duo Interpretation team of Kyle Messer and Jared Capes. Tyler Dockery and Chelsey Maus, both rookies, earned white ribbons as did senior Sammi Stewart-James. Veterans Ashley Kalkbrenner and Kelsey Klein brought home green ribbons, and rookie seventh-grader Alissa Jones captured a green ribbon in her first meet. Judges also select a "Best of Site" award to the best performance they judge at the meet. Winning judges' approval were Kyle Messer and Jared Capes. Saturday, while Punxsutawney Phil was declaring there will be six more weeks of winter, Kimball Speechers boarded the bus for Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Awards are given for first through fourth place, with team trophies to the top two teams in Large, Medium, and Small Team categories. While none of Kimball's 17 entrants placed in the top four of their categories, several students received Honorable Mentions including: Chelsey Maus in Extemporaeous Reading, Sammi Stewart-James in Humorous, Ashley Kalkbrenner in Serious Drama, and Kyle Messer and Jared Capes in Duo Interpretation. Captains Sammi Stewart-James and Kyle Messer also accepted the award for the second place trophy for Medium Teams, actually missing first place by a tie-breaker - Annandale took first place honors. In large school, St Cloud Cathedral took first place and Princeton, coached by Kimball Speech alumni Thor Mattick, took second place. In Small Team, Ogilvie placed first with Milaca taking second. Kimball Speechers travel next to Upsala-Swanville Area on Saturday, Feb. 9. The bus leaves the high school at 6:25 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, speech team members will host their fourth annual Sweetheart Breakfast at the high School cafetorium from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your sweeties and celebrate Valentine's Day with the Speech Team. Jody Markgraf