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February 17, 2020

1/31/2020 1:48:00 PM
Walker Talkers compete at Marshall, return with four awards
By Ben Offerman WHA Speech Coach

While the beginning of this speech season started normally with a routine trip to Pequot Lakes, unpredictable Minnesota weather has altered the tournament schedule for the Walker Speech Team. With the rescheduling of the Grand Rapids Early Bird, the team had only one tournament under their belt when they arrived in Marshall last Saturday. The Marshall Speech Spectacular, which lasted two days, began with three preliminary rounds on Friday followed by a final preliminary round on Saturday. Finals are broken down into three separate rounds for each category: quarter finals, semifinals, and the final round. Four Walker speakers broke into the quarterfinal round to compete against the top 24 speakers in their category.

The following speakers advanced to the quarter final round: Molly Massar advanced in Creative Expression, Willow Damar advanced in Poetry, Katelyn DeLost advanced in Creative Expression, and Sophia Landreville advanced in Poetry.

The tournament itself provides valuable speaking experience for all that participate. Whether you leave with an award or not, the opportunity to perform and observe provides excellent insight into the activity. This tournament is unique in Minnesota, because it not only hosts Minnesota teams, but also teams from nearby states. Many of these out of state schools are approaching the end of their season. The Walker Talkers had the opportunity to see polished performances from a diverse group of speakers.

By the time this article is printed, Walker will have competed in the rescheduled Grand Rapids tournament, which took place last night. This coming Saturday, Walker will travel to Duluth to compete in the Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament. Both results will appear in next week's article.

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