Headed to the 2018 State Class A Speech Tournament on Saturday, April 21 — from left: Colton Jensen, Sarah Dunn, Kate Vogel, Grace Pingeon and Ross VanDerWal.

5 speakers advance to state competition

The River Valley Speech team will have their own interesting story to share years from now, whenever there is talk of that “crazy 2018 April blizzard” that hit the area. Originally, students were prepared to compete on Saturday, April 14, at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Section 3A tournament which was to be held at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.  However, with the prediction of the worst winter storm yet set to strike the area this season, a fast decision was made on Tuesday evening to move the Section 3A tournament to Thursday, April 12, in an attempt to “beat the storm.” With little time to prepare, the 15 teams that make up Section 3A for speech, competed at Tracy High School late into the evening on Thursday.  

River Valley made a great showing and took fifth place overall. Fourteen students competed and seven of those students entered into final rounds. Students placing in the top six in their categories were honored with medals. Those receiving third place or higher honors will advance on to the MSHSL Class A State speech tournament on Saturday, April 21, at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley.  

Taking on the title of first place champions for their categories were Kaitlyn Vogel in informative speaking and Grace Pingeon in drama. 

Coming in as second place runner ups were the duo team of Colton Jensen and Sarah Dunn, as well as, Ross VanDerWal in creative expression. 

Briana Schmidt placed fourth overall in original oratory and Libby Tonn placed sixth overall in extemporaneous speaking. 

The 2018 State Class A speech tournament will be Sarah Dunn’s fifth state appearance and Kaitlyn Vogel, Ross VanDerWal, Colton Jensen, and Grace Pingeon will all be making their second state appearance.  

For more information regarding the MSHSL State speech tournament, visit the website at: www.mshsl.org.

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