A young River Valley Wildcat speech team has had a very successful two weeks at the Pipestone tournament on Feb. 15, the junior high tournament in Tracy on Feb. 18 and the Redwood Valley tournament on Feb. 22.

A young River Valley Wildcat speech team has had a very successful two weeks at the Pipestone tournament on Feb. 15, the junior high tournament in Tracy on Feb. 18 and the Redwood Valley tournament on Feb. 22.

 

In those three tournaments, River Valley speech members have earned a total of two red ribbons, 11 blue ribbons, and 19 final place-finishers.

 

On Feb. 15, the team attended the Pipestone tournament. Luke Reiner and Briana Schmidt received special recognition with blue and red ribbons respectively, in their categories Great Speeches and Original Oratory. Jackie Reindl was awarded a blue ribbon for her efforts in drama.

 

At the junior high tournament in Tracy, River Valley earned the top three spots in original oratory with Briana Schmidt placing first, Makenna Winkelmann placing second and Katelyn Hauth placing third.

 

 

In the Creative Expression category, Ross Vanderwal earned second place while Isaac Nelson received fourth place. Jessica Moe earned third place in Humorous while Anna Reiner received sixth place in the same category. Emily Scheitel received second place in Extemporaneous Reading, Ella Bartz received second place in Great Speeches, Andrew Hoffmann received third place in Discussion and Julianne Reindl received sixth place in Prose.

 

On Feb. 22 at the Redwood Valley tournament, Molly Dunn made a strong showing and received first place in Storytelling. Freshmen Ben Runck and Joe Pieschel earned first place as well at this senior high competition. In Original Oratory, Briana Schmidt received fourth place and Katelyn Hauth received sixth place. Ella Bartz earned fourth place in Great Speeches, Anna Reiner placed fifth in Humorous, Katie Scamp placed sixth in Drama, and Ross Vanderwal earned sixth place in Creative Expression.

 

The team is composed of 43 students from both Sleepy Eye Public and Springfield Schools. The team continues to practice, perform and display talent as they compete against students from schools in southwest and south central Minnesota.

 

On Saturday, March 1, the team travels to Adrian.

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 School English Instructor Addie Sadler rounds out the coaching staff.