Kimball Speechers traveled to Sauk Centre Saturday, March 2, to compete with 16 schools for top honors. At a speech tournament, students are ranked in each of three preliminary rounds, where competition is randomly drawn. Scores are then tallied, and speakers with the eight highest ranks meet in a fourth round. In this final round, the speakers are scored by three judges. Team points are tallied based on both preliminary and final round scores.
Kimball Speech had an Amazing day at Sauk Centre today. Although the team placed fourth in the large team division, we had 12 people in finals, including five in the top three, and scored second-most points in the final round. We also had two important firsts today: Junior Kim Fennema earned a place in the final round of Storytelling for the first time ever. Alissa Jones, a senior who has been part of the speech team since eighth grade, and who has placed second approximately a dozen times over her career, finally earned a Champion medal in Extemporaneous Reading. Congrats to all the speechers who competed!
Alissa Jones, fourth from left, is a senior who has been part of the Kimball speech team since eighth grade. She has placed second approximately a dozen times over in her career, and she finally earned a champion medal in Extemporaneous Reading. Submitted photo.
Duo: Alex Harter and Blake Lierman-Fox, sixth place
Extemporaneous Reading: Alissa Jones, Champion
Extemporaneous Speaking: Katelyn Lichte, third place
Great Speaches: Jonathan Bisila, Champion
Humor: Ariel Laabs, fifth place; Holly Dahlinger, second place
Informative: Erin Diffley, Honorable Mention
Megan Bisila, eighth place
McKenzie Dammann, seventh place
Original: Shelby Schiefelbein, fifth place
Poetry: Tess Vossen, Honorable Mention
Storytelling: Kim Berkley, eighth place; Maicy Vossen, fifth place; Olivia Straley, second place
On Saturday, March 9th, Kimball speechers and parents host the 9th Annual Empress Invitational at Kimball Area High School. Rounds begin at 9 a.m., 10:20 a.m., and 11:40 a.m. Final rounds will begin approximately at 1:30 p.m., and awards will begin by 3:30 p.m. Please come out and support your Kimball Speechers: there is no charge to watch the meet, and the schedule will be available the day of the tournament.