By Brian Klosa, Speech InstructorBrian_Klosa

February 5th

This past weekend the South Central College Speech made the short trip to compete in the annual “Icebox Classic” hosted by St. Cloud State University. There were 18 universities and colleges from the Midwest in attendance. We did quite well and results are listed below.

Tess Drager-1st place Interpretation of Children’s Literature

2nd place Persuasion Speaking

3rd place Drama Interpretation

7th place Poetry Interpretation

Tess also finished in 3rd place as the top speaker overall at the tournament. There were approximately 150 students who competed so this is quite an accomplishment for Tess.

February 18th

This past weekend, the South Central College speech team made the short trip to St. Joseph, Minnesota as we competed in the 29th Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament hosted on the campus of the College of St. Benedict. There were 14 schools in attendance and was one of the bigger tournaments in recent memory. This is a beautiful campus but very spread out and it was a typical Minnesota blast of cold, but we survived and came home with some amazing results.

Ashly Kingery-5th place After Dinner Speaking

Tess Drager-4th place Drama Interpretation

The big award of the long weekend was SCC now has our first state champion in our team’s/school’s history. Tess won 1st place in Oratory Speaking (Persuasion)!! I have had some amazing talented students in my seven years of running the team but we have never come home with an individual state championship award.

As a school we won second place in the small school/limited entry team sweepstakes.

February 24

The SCC speech team made the short trek to Brookings, South Dakota to participate in the “Bunny Bop” hosted by South Dakota State University on Saturday. 15 schools from all over the Midwest were in attendance. While our veterans had a bit of a tough tournament experience and did not advance to finals, one of my first year novice’s students really stood out.

Asma Dahir-1st place Drama Interpretation and 5th place Poetry Interpretation.