Enjoying the Minneota third place trophy from Adrian was Brenden Kimpe. Beside him was Jacob Haen as Katie Walerius was congratulated as well.  Sean Dilley accepts his first place award.

Speech team third; Dilley gets title

The Minneota Speech team trekked down to Adrian to compete in the Dragon Invitational and came away with a third-place finish among 10 teams. “We were able to brave the weather and make it down,” said Coach Kim Gades.

“The kids really wanted to go to this meet because it was cancelled during the 2018 season due to weather.” Sean Dilley, a two-time state entrant, came away with a first-place finish in the Informative category for Minneota.

Dilley, a junior, has competed on the Minneota team since sixth grade and has competed in Informative since he was in seventh grade. “In Informative, participants pick a topic and craft a speech out of what they want to inform their audience about,” said Gades.

“So, the student is doing the writing themselves.” Informative is different than the other speech categories because participants can use visual aids to get their point across to the audience. “This year, Sean’s speech is about genetic genealogy and testing,” Gades noted.

“He talks a lot about the pros and cons of having this testing done.” He informs the audience about things ranging from how genetic genealogy has been used to catch criminals, determine illness, and also the dark side about it. It’s very interesting.”

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton won the meet, with Luverne placing second. Minneota have several top-six finishes in their specific categories. Competing in her first meet of the season for Minneota, Zoe DeBoer came in second in Storytelling.

Brenden Kimpe placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking. Coming in third was Trevor Belaen in Discussion, and Emma Lipinski in Great Speeches. Earning fifth-place finishes were Natalie Bot and Tara Thooft in the Duo category, Joe Voit in Extemporaneous Speaking, Thomas Belaen in Storytelling, and Cora Bolt in Poetry.

And placing sixth in the Dragon Invitation was Cecilia Rabaey in Creative Expression, Jacob Haen and Brenden Kimpe in Duo, and Alyssa Engels in Oratory.

Ribbons went to Ella Bot in Extemporaneous Reading, and Jacob Haen in Humorous. Minneota's next speech meet will be Saturday in Luverne, followed by a meet in Montevideo on March 9.

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