Luverne students do well at own speech invite

Almost 200 student speakers representing 14 teams competed in the Luverne Cardinal Invitational on Saturday, March 5. Thirty-five Cardinal team members competed.

As hosts, the Luverne team could not compete for the team sweepstakes trophy.

However, individually, Luverne speakers did a fantastic job, according to coach Caroline Thorson.

Individual honors went to the following students:

Creative Expression: Shelbie Nath, fourth; Cameron Wessels fifth.

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

Serious Drama: Megan Rogers, third; Brianna Jonas, fifth.

Duo Interpretation: Alexa Chesley and Hannah Ehlers, sixth.

Extemporaneous Reading: Nicole Hoogland, first; Grace Sweeney, sixth; Hannah Hoogland, blue ribbon.

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

Great Speeches: Derek Krueger, first.

Humorous Interpretation: Gunnar Oldre, third.

Informative Speaking: Ryleigh Beers, fourth.

Original Oratory: Zoe Brown, sixth; Naomie Daniel, red ribbon.

Serious Prose: Sage VerSteeg, fourth.

Storytelling: Paul Witte III, first; Marisol Hartshorn, second; Julie Ferguson, third; Jonah Louwagie, fifth; and Xavier Carbonneau, sixth.


Tournament preparation began weeks ago

According to Thorson, she and coach Gavin Folkestad began preparing for the invitational weeks before the actual event.

“The majority of the work, however, begins the week of the event as student entries are recorded, rooms and judges are assigned and preparing the cuttings for the draw events and the tasks for Discussion are created,” Thorson said.

On the Friday before the event, many speech team members stayed well after school hours to help hang room signs and directional signage and complete other tasks as needed.

“It is definitely not a one-man or one-woman show to prepare for an invitational,” she said.

Thorson said Bill Thompson's students created the category section signs used to identify rooms. These were then laminated and will be used for many years. In addition, his students made the critique sheets that are used on the day of the competition.  

Cardinal members served as hosts at Saturday’s invitational

One recent change for the Luverne speech coaches has been the addition of SpeechWire, a purchase made last year.

“SpeechWire is a web-based software program that allows for everything to be done online, from sending invitations to registering students, to scheduling the rounds and tabulating results,” Thorson said.

The program makes sure students compete against different opponents in different rounds and to not have a judge from the same school judging his or her own student speakers. The program will also tabulate final results and post them online.


Explanation of additional speech categories

Within the various speech categories, there are three categories referred to as draw categories.

Extemporaneous Reading: The participant will read excerpts, either prose or poetry, from a specific source.

At the competition, the contestant will draw three different cuttings, select one, and have 30 minutes to prepare an introduction to the piece and practice the reading.

Judging is based on the contestant's ability to introduce the excerpt with appropriate extemporaneous remarks and to read the selection with effective vocal and bodily expressions.  The time limit is seven minutes.

Storytelling:  This category trains a student to recreate a familiar story.

A list of 15 stories to be read and studied is announced before the season begins. At each competition, the contestant draws three different titles, chooses one, and has 30 minutes to prepare before speaking. The speaker must maintain the author's mood and format.

Emphasis is on direct, conversational style and spontaneous bodily action.  An introduction is required and the time limit is seven minutes.

Extemporaneous Speaking: This is a category where none of the material is memorized prior to the competition.

The speech is on timely topics dealing with social, economic, and political issues.  The student can choose between domestic or foreign topics.  Again, the student draws three questions, chooses one, and has 30 minutes to prepare.  The student should have current research with him/her to use as sources, but no Internet may be used at this point.  The student will be judged on adherence to the question, supportive current information, organization of the material in the speech and delivery.  One side of a 3-by-5-inch notecard is permitted. Time limit is seven minutes.

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