Junior high speech team wins first meet

Forest Lake’s 45-member junior high speech team (grades 7, 8 and 9) took first place at the home tournament at Century Junior High on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Second place went to St. Anthony and third to Minnetonka West. The other schools competing were Minnetonka East and White Bear Lake.

Under the leadership of Team Captains Brianna Flasch and Niki Schwensen, participation in junior high speech has doubled since last year. The advisor is Deborah Esmay, English teacher at Century. Century is home to most of the team: only one member attends Southwest Junior High.

Team meetings are Tuesdays in the Century media center. Each meeting includes warm-up games, captains’ announcements, speaking in front of the whole group, and working in small groups.

Tara Mihelich and Kirsten Quiggle competed in duet acting.
Tara Mihelich and Kirsten Quiggle competed in duet acting.

Members work on different categories of competitive forensics (see chart).

Upcoming meets are Tuesday, Jan. 22 at St. Anthony; Thursday, Jan. 24 at Centennial; and Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Eden Prairie.

Families and friends are invited to attend this year’s Junior High Conference Meet on Saturday, Feb. 2 in White Bear Lake. Last year, the Forest Lake team took second place in the junior high conference meet.

Century students who made the senior high varsity speech team are Niki Schwensen, Brianna Flasch, Megan Storkan, Caleb Anderson, Anna Halvorsen, Zoey Sonke-Anderson and Tineke Gay.

Speech Competition Categories

Creative Expression: Present an original piece; judged on writing plus delivery.

Duo Interpretation: Two speakers present a piece together.

Extemporaneous Reading: Draw from a selection of short stories; read a section.

Extemporaneous Speaking: Draw a current event question; prepare a seven-minute speech.

Great Speeches: Present sections of a historical speech; includes analysis.

Humorous: Present a humorous selection from a play, poetry or prose.

Informative: Present an original, unbiased speech; visual aids allowed.

Original Oratory: Present an original speech with the purpose of persuading the audience.

Drama: Present a serious monologue or selection from a play.

Poetry: Present a serious poem.

Prose: Present a serious selection from a novel or short story.

Storytelling: Draw from a selection of folk tales and present an interpretation.