A portion of the River Valley speech team not involved in the section one-act play contest competed in the first meet of the season at Worthington.
Individual recognition went to Brandon Roiger, second place in both informative speaking and original oratory, and Isaac Kirschstein, fifth place in oratory. Both Hannah Johnson and Amy Davis received red recognition ribbons in storytelling and extemporaneous reading, respectively.
Next week speakers will compete in Redwood Falls followed by a weekend off. The speech team includes approximately 40 students from both Sleepy Eye Public and Springfield High Schools who will gain an educational advantage in several areas, according to the National Forensic League, a nationwide high school speech honor society for which River Valley speakers qualify for membership.
Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions. In addition, speech participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas: improving reading, listening, speaking and writing skills; improving critical thinking skills; fostering intellectual curiosity; increasing motivation and engagement (both at-risk and gifted students engage more and act out as much as 50 percent less).
This year’s coaching staff includes head coach Breanna Jensen and assistants Darcy Hoyt and Cheryl Neidt.