River Valley junior high speakers were successful at Thursday’s St. Peter tournament featuring speakers in grades six through nine.
While competing with younger speakers, students get opportunities to refine their performance skills in all 13 of the MSHSL speech categories.
Those who placed in the three-round tournament with over 200 youngsters include Briana Schmidt, fourth place, creative expression; Isaac Nelson sixth place, creative expression; Natalie Timm, second place, extemporaneous reading; Katelin Hauth, second place, informative; Kalina Kastner, sixth place, original oratory; Hanna Schroepfer, eighth place, prose; and Anna Plotz, fourth place, storytelling.
Fairmont Cardinal Tournament provides excellent competition for River Valley speakers.
River Valley competed with teams from both A and AA schools in the Fairmont Cardinal Invitational on Saturday.
Marshall, Fairmont, Mankato East, Mankato West and Worthington were the top five team finishers. Competition was stiff and speakers needed consistently high scores to compete in the final round.
Several students qualified for finals and earned recognition at Saturday’s tournament.
Individually, Molly Dunn lead the team with a third place finish in drama. Other finalists include Hannah Johnson, fifth place, storytelling; Kalina Kastner, sixth place, original oratory and Brian Thoreson/Cody Schwartz, seventh in duo. Next, final recognition ribbons went to Molly Dunn, Storytelling and Scott Vogel, Discussion.
Red ribbon winners include Brandon Roiger, Informative and Oratory, Briana Schmidt, Creative Extemporaneous, Katie Schwartz, Poetry, Becky Roiger and Isaac Kirschstein, Oratory.
There will be a great deal of action this week as junior high students travel to Mankato Loyola on Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday, some speakers will participate in the National Forensic League’s district tournament at Bloomington Jefferson High School and at Eagan High School on Saturday.
Other team members will compete in St. Peter on Saturday.