KAHS Speech takes second conference championship in three years.
In the 13 years that Jody Markgraf has been coaching, there has not been one speech meet missed because of weather. This year, there were three, including their home meet and Central Minnesota Conference meet. April 1, the team travelled to Belgrade for a rescheduled CMC meet.
Kimball was the second largest team with 23 entries, but the individuals speaking made their voices count for 116 team points, and a Conference Champion trophy. Eden Valley-Watkins with
38 participants and 109 points won Conference Runner-up, coached by Bonnie Spohn-Schmaltz. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, coached by Lucy Lloyd, placed third. Kimball last won a conference championship in 2011.
Individually, Kimball’s Speechers won 17 honors, including five category Conference Champions.
The winners were:
• Fifth Place: Humorous-Ariel Laabs; Informative-McKenzie Dammann; Extemporaneous Reading-Katelyn Pearcy.
• Fourth Place: Informative-Abbey Schiefelbein; Serious Poetry-Tess Vossen; Storytelling-Maicy Vossen.
• Third Place: Serious Drama-Caleb Anderson; Serious Prose-Danielle Helgeson; Extemporaneous Speaking-Katelyn Lichte.
• Second Place: Great Speeches-Jonathan Bisila; Creative Expression-Camen Markgraf; Original Oratory-Shelby Schiefelbein.
• Conference Champions: Humorous-Holly Dahlinger; Informative-Megan Bisila; Serious Drama-Logan Bartholomew; Extemporaneous Reading-Alissa Jones; Storytelling-Olivia Straley.
For both Megan Bisila and Logan Bartholomew, this is their second Conference Championship. Logan was Champion in Duo with Camen Miles in 2011. Megan was the 2011 Informative Champion (she placed second in Prose in 2012).