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February 17, 2020

2/10/2020 11:50:00 AM
Walker Talkers return from Hibbing meet with 11 awards
By Ben Offerman WHA Speech Coach

Saturday, February 8th, the Walker Speech Team competed in its 5th tournament of the season at the historic Hibbing High School. While the tournament was typical in nature, the location was unique. The school, built in the early 20th century, is best known for graduating one of the nation's most influential individuals: Bob Dylan. The beautiful brick building, inlaid with tile floors and fashioned with brass doorknobs, features a tribute to Dylan in a glass display case. Among his many other accomplishments, the display highlights his more recent Nobel Prize in Literature. The school also features a recently renovated 1800 seat auditorium. The auditorium, modeled after the Capitol Theater in New York City, features $250,000 dollar chandeliers with cut glass from Belgium, and a 1900s pipe organ from the Barton Organ Company.

The tournament in all other aspects was traditional. Speakers competed in three preliminary rounds, and the top six speakers in each category competed in a final round. Walker advanced seven speakers into a final round, and four others earned honorable mention.

The following speakers earned honorable mention: Madison Kenrick earned an honorable mention in Drama, Leo Burns earned an honorable mention in Humor, Sophia Landreville earned an honorable mention in Poetry, and Logan Wales earned an honorable mention in Prose.

The following speakers broke into a final round, earning a medal: Molly Massar placed 6th in Prose and 2nd in Creative. Katelyn DeLost placed 3rd in Creative. Lily Burns placed 6th in Humor, Julia Schock placed 2nd in Poetry, Willow Damar placed 1st in Poetry, and Lily Pedersen placed 1st in Humor.

Overall the team placed 4th, behind Duluth East, Hermantown, and Bemidji, placing 3rd, 2nd and 1st respectively.

After five tournaments, the speech season is now in full swing. Speakers are competing at all different levels of preparedness and are moving slowly closer to polished performances. For Walker speakers in 7th, 8th and 9th grade, their schedule is much busier compared to their senior high peers. Over the next four weeks, in addition to attending varsity invitational tournaments on the weekends, they will also attend junior high tournaments during the week. These tournaments are smaller in terms of competing speakers and speaking rounds, but give younger speakers the opportunity to compete exclusively with each other. While the tournaments provide excellent practice for the young speakers, they can be exhausting. On Tuesday night, the junior high team competed at Cass-Lake, and next week they will be at Pequot Lakes. The varsity team will have one less day of preparation this week as they get ready to compete at East Grand Forks this Friday.

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