River Valley brings home three state speech medals

 


River Valley brings home three state speech medals

All three River Valley speakers found themselves among the top in their category at Friday’s Minnesota High School League State Speech Contest held at Chanhassen High School. The duo comprised of Cody Schwartz and Brian Thoreson earned runner-up honors  and Molly Dunn earned a fourth-place finish in storytelling. Students competed in a field of 24 students per category and needed to place among the top eight to qualify as a finalist in each of the 13 MSHSL speech categories.

In order to qualify for state, River Valley students compete in a strong Section 2A, which yielded the most individual medalists (finalists) from among the state’s eight sections. Fairmont leads the total medal count for class “A” teams and also yielded two state champions. A total of four of the 13 champions came from Section 2A; Mankato Loyola and Mountain Lake Christian each earned one state championship.

Head coach Brianna Jensen and assistants Darcy Hoyt and Cheryl Neidt, are proud of the growth in performance abilities and individual achievements that this year’s team garnered and look forward to a solid team of young men and women returning to set new goals and meet new challenges next year. They want students in all three schools (Sleepy Eye Public, St. Mary’s and Springfield) to know that speech is open to all students in grades 7-12, and speech activities can be an enhancement to other performance activities such as music and drama and a strong supplement to a student’s education and preparation for work and post-secondary education.