For the second year in a row, the Century Junior High speech team captured the junior high conference championship at White Bear Lake on Feb. 6.
The Forest Lake team led with 71 team points, defeating Minnetonka West with 38, St. Anthony with 26 and Eden Prairie with 15. There are seven schools in the conference.
Century had 19 students placing in medal categories this year, compared to 13 last year and eight in 2012.
Jorden Duda placed first in informative speaking, Owen Friesen in extemporaneous speaking, Phoebe Peters in serious poetry and Arleth Pulido in great speeches. Teammates Lauren Wachter and Sara de Sobrino tied for first place in original oratory.
Second place medal winners included Courtney Leonard in storytelling, Hannah Forsell in humorous prose, Makayla Turenne in serious poetry, Vanessa Weigel in serious prose, Erin Mc Cleary in extemporaneous reading, Lucas Byle in extemporaneous speaking, Klare Hollenkamp in creative expression and Kendra Anderson in great speeches.
Winning third place medals were Tineke Gay in storytelling, Victoria Heald in serious poetry, Alex Biedny in extemporaneous speaking, Violet Zupon in original oratory and Lauren Ivester in great speeches.
Honorable mention or ribbon winners, only a point or so away from medaling, were Noelle Gorka, Olympia Her, Zoey Sonke Anderson, Sidney Metcalf, Devon Melton, Angelica Van Heel, Mariah Friesen, Anna Felland, Camryn Jackson, Shelby Collins, Dean Grundmeier, Jacob Himraj, Matthew Armitage, Marisa Kasel and Katrin Rink.
A total of 54 students were on the speech team this year. For individual results, visit www.centuryspeech.weebly.com.
For some, speech season does not end when the junior high conference is over. Ninth-graders Klare Hollenkamp, Zoey Sonke Anderson, Tineke Gay, Lauren Wachter, Sara de Sobrino, Katrin Rink, Violet Zupon, and Jordan Duda will continue competing at the high school level.
Joining Coach Deborah Esmay this year is Coach Andrew Haugen.