Speech team ends season undefeated

Speech captains Brianna Flasch and Niki Schwensen.
Speech captains Brianna Flasch and Niki Schwensen.

In bitter cold temperatures, 44 Century Junior High speech students journeyed to St. Anthony Junior High on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and brought home a warm feeling, as they once again placed first in the speech competition.

Century defeated Centennial, Eden Prairie Central, Minnetonka East, St. Anthony, White Bear Lake Central and Minnetonka West.

On Jan. 29 they repeated their winning performance at Eden Prairie’s Central Middle School tournament. The Rangers brought home more than 70 blue ribbons and a great deal of confidence on another icy day.

Leading the team were 20 ninth-graders: Klara Peterson, Kaylee Antrim, Kaylie Frogner, and Anna Halvorsen in Humorous Prose; Phoebe Schmidt and Katie Burns in Serious Prose; Jaleah Stewart in Serious Poetry; Kylee Sigstad in Humorous Poetry; Caleb Riermann and Niki Schwensen in Original Oratory; Elizabeth Blount, Andrea Dunrud, and Jacob Oberholtzer (from Southwest Junior High) in Informative; Brianna Flasch, Shelby Miller, and Cullen Gaffy in Creative Expression; and Megan Storkan, Caleb Anderson, Joe Gorka and Zach Pothen in Great Speeches.

The 22 eighth-graders were Lauren Wachter, Sara de Sobrino, Marisa Kasel, and Angelica Van Heel in Original Oratory; Ryan Reilling in Humorous Prose; Anna Felland in Serious Prose; Daniel Smith in Humorous Poetry; Emma Lindstrom in Drama; Tara Mihelich and Kirsten Quiggle in Duet; Klare Hollenkamp, Owen Friesen, Alex Biedny and Lucas Byle in Extemporaneous Speaking; Tieneke Gay, Zoey-Sonke Anderson, Caroline Hansen, Violet Zupon, and Michelle Perkins in Storytelling; and Erin McCleary, Katrin Rink, and Shelby Collins in Extemporaneous Reading.

The seventh graders were Kendra Anderson in Great Speeches plus Tori  Johnson and Victoria Heald in Serious Poetry.

The fifth and final contest, the junior high conference meet, was held at Central Junior High in White Bear Lake on Saturday, Feb. 2.  Parents were invited to watch the tournament.

Freshman Megan Storkan competes in the Great Speeches category.
Freshman Megan Storkan competes in the Great Speeches category.

By a wide margin, the Century team once again defeated all comers. Details of the conference meet will appear in next week’s Forest Lake Times.

Ninth grader Megan Storkan was one of seven Century Junior High students competing at the varsity level. In her first high school competition, at Eden Prairie on Jan. 26, Storkan placed fifth in the Great Speeches novice division.