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State speech tournament coming up

Eight 2014 state speech champions return to defend their titles in the same category, while one other returning champion will seek gold in a new category at the 2015 State Speech Tournament. This year's event will be held at Lakeville North High ...

Eight 2014 state speech champions return to defend their titles in the same category, while one other returning champion will seek gold in a new category at the 2015 State Speech Tournament. This year's event will be held at Lakeville North High School on Friday and Saturday. Class A competition will be conducted on Friday and Class AA competition will follow on Saturday.

The material chosen by competitors ranges from the classics: I've Been to the Mountaintop by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Class AA Great Speeches; to the contemporary: Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson in Class A Serious Interpretation of Drama.

The tournament features the top three qualifiers from each of eight Class A sections and from each of eight Class AA sections in 13 different speech categories. The 2015 tournament qualifiers represent 168 high school teams: 99 Class A teams and 69 Class AA teams. Students from 316 Minnesota high schools participated in speech during the current school year on 186 Class A teams and 114 Class AA teams.

The categories are Serious Interpretation of Prose; Serious Interpretation of Drama; Serious Interpretation of Poetry; Humorous Interpretation; Storytelling; Extemporaneous Reading; Creative Expression; Original Oratory; Great Speeches; Discussion; Extemporaneous Speaking; Informative Speaking and Duo Interpretation.

The Class A field features returning 2014 Class A medalists: Chloe Litts of Staples Motley in Discussion; Bradley Foster, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA), and Spencer Svendsen, Staples Motley, Extemporaneous Speaking; Matthew Koring, WHA, in Humorous Interpretation; Hailey Bruns, WHA, Informative Speaking; Grace Steward, WHA, Serious Interpretation of Poetry.

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