4/10/2014 9:08:00 AM Bomber speech team is Section 1A champion
The Cannon Falls speech team headed to Byron High School with 34 speakers to compete for the Section 1A title. At the end of the day, the Bomber speechies earned the section championship (96 points) over second place Byron (41 points). Twenty-four CF speakers competed in section finals; ultimately, fourteen of those finalists placed in the top three to earn a trip to state next Saturday.
Of the state qualifiers, seven speechies took top honors on the day. Section champions were Bjorn Pearson in Discussion; Jordynn Zier in Drama, Sydney Erhardt in Extemp Speaking, Matt Breuer in Great Speeches, Rianne Lund in Oratory, Matt Lockett in Poetry, and Hannah Brummund in Storytelling. Also earning a trip to the state tournament were Peter Hoffman (2nd) in Creative Expression, Mary Franz (2nd) in Drama, Emma Thomley (2nd) in Extemp Reading, Josh Siebenaler (2nd) and Miranda Felton (3rd) in Extemp Speaking, Callie Loeschke (3rd) in Great Speeches, and Chris Grovender (2nd) in Informative.
Additional finalists were Magdalena Heynicke (4th) in Discussion, Rachel Hartman (5th) in Drama, Hannah Johnson (6th) in Extemp Reading, Matt Moskal (4th) in Great Speeches, Lily French (5th) in Humorous, Cassidy Parrott (5th) in Oratory, Carley Norton (5th) in Poetry, Maddie Laurie (6th) in Prose, and Samantha Hamann (4th) and Iris French (5th) in Storytelling.
The Minnesota State Speech Tournament is this Saturday at Blaine High School. Four Cannon Falls speakers will be attempting to repeat as state medalists. Junior Hannah Brummund placed 6th in Storytelling last year and is looking to improve. Senior Josh Siebenaler placed 7th in Extemp Speaking last season and is hoping to cap off his career in finals again. Junior Matt Lockett is aiming for a third state medal in Poetry after placing 5th in Poetry as a freshman and 8th in Prose as a sophomore. Finally, junior Sydney Erhardt is working defend her sophomore state championship in Extemp Speaking, as well as earn her third state medal (3rd as a freshman in ES). In the history of Cannon Falls speech team, only two students (Stacy Anderson and Marguerite Haggerty) have previously earned three medals at state.