Four speech kids in state
Minneota’s efforts to improve and refine the speech team have paid off with four Viking kids advancing to the state tournament.
While the team ended up in third place behind Murray County Central and Windom Area, the individuals shined for Minneota.
“The team came in third place,” said Coach Kim Gades.
The good news, was, as Gades said, “We’ve got four entries headed to state!"
The first three in each event advance to state so Cecilia Rabaey’s Creative Speech earned a third place and trip to the state meet.
Brenden Kimpe returns to the state after the trip he earned a year ago. He won the Extemporaneous Speaking category with Chance Tunnissen of Luverne in second place.
Jacob Haen will also go to state. He finished second to Jake Bleyenberg of Murray County Central in the Humorous Interpretation event.
And Sean Dilley, who also went to state last year was second in Informative speaking.
Kaitlyn Vogel of River Valley won the event but Dilley’s second place showing earned a spot in the state tournament.
Minneota also had “alternates” chosen. Those finishing in fourth will go to the state if won of the three above them drops out and can’t perform at state.
For Minneota, Cole Bot was fourth in Prose Reading and earned a spot as an alternate. The same for Zoe DeBoer, who was fourth in Storytelling.
Others who competed for Minneota included:
Discussion: Trevor Belaen, sixth place.
Duo: Natalie Bot and Tara Thooft, sixth place.
Extemporaneous Reading: Cora Engels, fifth.
Great Speeches: Sarah Engels, sixth place.
Class A State Speech will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Apple Valley High School.