The Cardinal speech team celebrates their first-place team finish at the Adrian Invitational Saturday, Feb. 27. Members are (front, left) Brianna Jonas, Courtney Wendland, Sophie Lanoue, Alexa Chesley, Hannah Ehlers, Destiny Matthiesen, Melanie Rittenhouse, (second) Adriana Gonzalez, Jessica Anderson, Jacinda Hustoft, Lindsey Roemeling, John Miller, Cameron Wessels, (third) Grace Sweeney, Shane Berning, Xavier Carbonneau, Gunnar Oldre, Marisol Hartshorn, Shelby Nath, Megan Rogers, (fourth) Sage Versteeg, Ni

Another first place trophy for Luverne speech

Team hosts tournament at home Saturday; Public welcome to attend

The Luverne High School speech team secured the first-place team sweepstakes at the Adrian Speech Invitational Saturday.

The win is the second one for the team after finishing first at the Redwood Falls tournament Feb. 13.

About 230 students representing 16 teams competed Saturday in Adrian, including 33 from Luverne.

Individual honors went to 16 Luverne members in 10 categories:

Storytelling: Paul Witte III, second; Marisol Hartshorn, fourth; Xavier Carbonneau, sixth.

Prose Reading: Sage VerSteeg, blue ribbon.

Original Oratory: Zoe Brown, blue ribbon.

Humorous Interpretation: Gunnar Oldre, first.

Great Speeches: Derek Krueger, first; Griffin Ahrendt, third.

Extemporaneous Speaking: Dylan Thorson, first; Shane Berning, fifth.

Extemporaneous Reading: Hannah Hoogland and Nicole Hoogland: blue ribbons.

Dramatic Interpretation: Megan Rogers, sixth.

Discussion: Knute Oldre, first; Samantha Ykema, second.

Creative Expression: Jacinda Hustoft, sixth.

Blue ribbons are awarded to speakers who were one place out of the final round.


The Cardinal speech team will host the invitational beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5. The event is open to the public.

Speech participants select to compete in either the Interpretative or the Public Address categories.  

There are four events in the interpretive group.

Humorous Interpretation: A speaker selects any published selection of prose, poetry or drama that is humorous. The purpose is to give enjoyment and create laughter. The ability to use facial and bodily expression is essential.  Often the speaker needs to portray multiple characters. An introduction is required and the speaker has ten minutes to perform.  A script is optional.

Serious Prose and Serious Poetry are very similar regarding what the speaker needs to portray. Speakers are judged on their ability to get and give meaning through vocal and facial expression. Both are taken from either a published story or a poem respectively. An introduction is required and a script is optional.

Dramatic Interpretation is similar to serious Prose and Poetry but the selection is taken from a published play. Often more than one character needs to be interpreted through vocal, facial and bodily expression. An introduction is required and a script is optional. Dramatic Interpretation, Serious Prose and Serious Poetry all have a maximum time limit of 10 minutes.

The public is welcome to attend the Luverne Cardinal Invitational Speech Tournament in Luverne on Saturday. Times are as follows: 8:15 a.m., registration; 10 a.m. Round 1, 11:30 a.m. Round 2, 1 p.m. Round 3, 2:30 p.m. (approximate) Awards.

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