]Students from Century Junior High culminated their speech season by capturing a second place team trophy and individual champions in speaking.
Participating in the tournament held Feb. 11 were teams from Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Centennial, White Bear Lake and St. Anthony.
Doug Mihelich dazzled the judges with his Extemporaneous Readings and introductions to champion the category and was awarded a 1st place medal. Sweeping the Creative Expression Category, team mates Cullen Gaffy (1st place), Brianna Flasch (2nd place) and Madalyn Dorrain (3rd place) all gathered medals for their excellent writing and speaking performances.
Joe Gorka gave a thought provoking rhetorical analysis of Nelson’s Mandela’s speech in the Great Speech division (1st place). In the same category, Caleb Anderson took home a medal for his dynamic delivery and discussion of Franklin Roosevelt’s speech (3rd place).
Caleb Riermann’s Original Oratory about “Why hunting should be allowed” gathered a (3rd place) medal. While, Klara Peterson’s Humorous Prose selection kept the audience laughing and the medals coming in as she won a medal for (2nd place).
Also, making it into the Final Rounds and making their team proud were Elizabeth Blount and Marie Ziegelski in Serious Prose; Erin Schwister in Serious Poetry, and Kaylee Antrim in Humorous Prose.
Team Members gathering points that added to the Speech Team trophy included: Andrea Dunrud and Megan Storkan in Extemporaneous Reading; Amber Poeschl and Steven Pennison in Serious Poetry; Anna Halvorsen and Kassandra Stewart in Duet Acting; Kylee Sigstad, Grant Maxfield, Alex Girard and Connor Hobson in Humorous Prose; and Shelby Conway in Drama.
Speech Co-Captains Brianna Flasch and Nicole Schwensen helped guide the team in their successful first season of speaking on the junior high circuit. They were tireless in helping to prepare the team for competitions such as Centennial and St. Anthony’s meets where Century students all received A and B ratings.
Schwensen broke her arm in a skiing accident the week of the big speech tournament. She was in pain and feeling terrible but still managed to attend three rounds of competition in St. Anthony; that is leadership personified.