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April 9, 2020

3/15/2020 1:24:00 PM
Walker Talkers return from Sauk Rapids with 15 awards
By Ben Offerman WHA Speech Coach

The WHA Speech Team traveled to the St. Cloud area to compete at the Sauk Rapids speech tournament. This tournament was a first for the team, however, it opened speakers up to a wealth of new competition and new judges. After several weeks in a row of competing in the north end of the state, against teams from the surrounding area, this tournament gave the Walker speakers a more broad view of potential state competition; teams from Melrose, Browerville-Eagle Valley, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, and Morris are all single A teams that competed in Sauk Rapids this weekend. Not only did the WHA team get to view new, and different competition, but they also proved their strength, bringing home several awards.

The following speakers earned an Honorable Mention at the tournament: Ada Muller earned an honorable mention in Discussion, Madison Kendrick earned an honorable mention in Drama, Tristan Damar earned an honorable mention in Humor, Leo Burns earned an honorable mention in Humor, Lily Burns earned an honorable mention in Humor, Sophia Landreville earned an honorable mention in Poetry, and Geo Morris earned an honorable mention in Prose.

The following speakers broke into a final round of competition and earned a medal: Katelyn DeLost placed 4th in Poetry, Molly Massar placed 1st in the Prose next-in final round and placed 6th in the creative final round, Lily Pedersen placed 6th in Humor, Julia Schock placed 2nd in Poetry, Willow Damar placed 4th in Poetry, Logan Wales placed 6th in Prose, and Jayda Dickson placed 1st in Informative.

Team trophies were handed out to small, medium, and large teams, along with teams that demonstrated speaker strength. Walker placed 2nd in the medium schools category. They also received an award for speaker strength-which was awarded to teams with a high speaker entries to award ratio.

While the speech season is quickly closing in on the state tournament, for many it feels like it has only begun. Many winter sports have finally come to a close, but speech still has a solid month left. In the beginning of April, Walker will compete at the sub-section tournament at Cass Lake-Bena High School. One week after sub-sections, the remaining speakers will travel to Fosston-Bagely to compete at the section tournament-which will determine who will speak at state in mid April. The Walker team has only one invitational tournament left, which will take place next weekend in Perham. Following that tournament, 9th-12th grade speakers will compete at the NSDA Northern Lights qualifying tournament in Little Falls. These are the last two opportunities for speakers to compete and perfect their pieces before subsections. The Walker Talkers have solidified their place among the top competitors within the area, and the state. However, nothing is achieved without hard-work and humility. They will continue to demonstrate both as they move week by week closer to the state tournament.

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