Another large contingent of Saint Peter High School Speech team members are gearing up for this Saturday’s Minnesota State Class Speech Tournament as 11 students (nine entries) will make the trek to Apple Valley High School to compete for state medals.
“Mrs. Devetter and I have high hopes for our students,” Saints co-coach Erika Gustafson said. “They have worked so hard to make it this far. We're hoping that having a day to watch AA competitors (on Friday) will get our students pumped and inspired for their competition the next day. I hope to see parents and students there to support our team and watch the best competitors in the state!”
This marks the third straight season the Saints have sent 10 or more students to the State Speech Tournament as SPHS sent 10 students (eight entries) in 2017 and 12 students (12 entries) in 2016.
Those students competing at state include seniors Rafat Solaiman (Extemporaneous Speaking), Josiah Johnson and Mara Johnson (Duo), Maansi Bhakta (Prose) and Sumeya Ali (Poetry); juniors Lauren Mayer (Drama), Sophia Lee and Isaac Peterson (Duo); and sophomores, Sammi Hofferbert (Great Speeches), Josh Ellerbeck (Humorous), and McKenzie McCann (Storytelling).
The Class A State Speech Tourney schedule at Apple Valley High School is as follows:
- 9:45 a.m. - First Round
- 11:45 a.m. - Second Round
- 1:15 p.m. - Third Round
- 3:30 p.m. - Championship Finals
- 5:30 p.m. - Awards
Admission to the Minnesota State Speech Tournament is free and it is open to the public. For more information about the state meet go to http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/activitypage.asp?actnum=415.
Saint Peter High School has earned 73 state medals in its history, which ranks the Saints in a tie for eighth place with Staples-Motley for all-time state medals won for Class A schools. The Saints have a strong chance to build on that number in 2018.