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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Speaking of ...River Valley Speakers

  • The River Valley Speech Team is making great strides this year. Students continue to earn ribbons and final place-holders weekly at tournaments in southwest and south central Minnesota.
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  • The River Valley Speech Team is making great strides this year. Students continue to earn ribbons and final place-holders weekly at tournaments in southwest and south central Minnesota.
     
    On Saturday, March 8, speech members attended the St. Peter Tournament and performed well enough to earn a plaque for third place team overall. Participants were awarded in both varsity and novice finals. Altogether, 13 students earned medals as placeholders while three students earned ribbons.
     
    In the varsity duo interpretation category, River Valley stole the show! Ninth graders Ben Runck and Joe Pieschel were awarded first place and Katie Schwartz and Keyen Gardner earned second place. Amy Davis and Hannah Johnson were given an honorable mention blue ribbon for their presentation.
     
    Storyteller Molly Dunn won varsity first place while Anna Plotz received a fourth place award for her performance. In the original oratory category, Briana Schmidt earned varsity fourth place and Katelyn Hauth won novice champion. Ross Vanderwahl was deemed novice champion in creative expression while Sarah Dunn received novice champion in humorous interpretation.
     
    In discussion, Andrew Hoffmann earned novice third place while Elijah Kirschstein was awarded novice third place in informative speaking. Kate Vogel received novice 4th place in informative speaking, Jackie Reindl earned novice fifth place in drama, and Hannah Schroepfer was awarded novice seventh place in the category of prose.
    A few students were recognized for their great performances with blue and red ribbons. In great speeches, senior Luke Reiner received a blue ribbon while Emily Meyers was awarded a red ribbon in extemporaneous reading.
     
    The team is composed of 43 students from both Sleepy Eye Public and Springfield. Next Saturday, the team travels to Janesville, and junior high participants will attend a tournament in Tyler on Monday, March 17. You can support River Valley Speech participants by attending their public performance night at Springfield High School on Tuesday, March 18 at 8:15 p.m. Admission is free.
     
    This year’s coaching staff includes head coach Brianna Jensen who is being assisted by Springfield’s Darcy Hoyt and Cheryl Neidt. Sleepy Eye Public’s English instructor Addie Sadler rounds out the coaching staff.

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