Despite Mother Nature’s unnatural April snowstorm, speechers around Minnesota proved they are hardy folk, and proceeded with competition. Kimball speechers travelled to Blaine High School to take part in the 2013 MSHSL Class A State Speech Tournament.
Regardless of their final placing at the tournament, every competitor can be proud to know that they are in the top 24 speakers in their category, and Kimball Speechers all finished in the top 20.
Senior Alissa Jones, competing in Extemporaneous Reading, finished at 20th place, and fellow senior Camen Miles placed 19th in the Creative Expression. Junior Olivia Straley finished at 14th in Storytelling, her first time competing at the state level. Logan Bartholomew earned good marks in his preliminary rounds to enter the final round against the top 8 speakers in Serious Drama. In a round of top-notch performances, Logan finished second, Kimball’s highest finish since Vanessa Gillman placed fifth in Creative Expression in 2006. Matthew Jedlikka, of Blackduck High School, was the state champion.
Sunday, April 21, the speech team and their families celebrated an incredible season and bid farewell to a talented group of seniors. This season, we had several meet champions, five conference champions and a team conference championship, five subsection champions, and a subsection runner-up placing, and two section champions, and a third-place finish at sections with four state competitors. In addition, coach Jody Markgraf was selected among Section 5A coaches as Coach of the Year. Winning top honors at the awards banquet were Rookie of the Year Danielle Helgeson, Speecher of the Year Logan Bartholomew, and for an outstanding speech career, the Hanson Award of Speech Excellence was awarded to Camen Miles.