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Speaking out

By Staff | Jan 17, 2014

The Rugby High School speech team will be starting its season this weekend, and they will compete on their own turf.

The 25-member team, coached by Kyle Vareberg (head coach) and Tammy Kruger (assistant coach), will compete in nine meets this season. Both Vareberg and Kruger have been striving to continue the work that Vareberg and former assistant coach Kellie Meyer started last year.

With the exception of the Minot State University meet, which is on a Monday, most speech (also known as “forensics”) meets take place on Saturdays. Team members compete in various types of events, from contests where competitors must interpret pieces written by someone else to events where competitors must write their own speeches.

“I’m really anxious to see how we perform, as a team, when things start getting difficult,” Vareberg said.

The speech team will have some difficult meets, and face some stiff competition when they go to Minot State and Carrington in March.

Both Vareberg and Kruger consider hard-working, passionate speakers, especially those on the team who could be considered seasoned veterans, a strength for the team. They have also been trying to stress the need for students to practice.

Several seasoned veterans will be returning to the fold, including senior Kelsey Schmaltz. Both Vareberg and Kruger have said they are also looking to see how juniors Darby Deckert and ReeAnn Christianson will fare with their humorous duo-which they have been working on since the end of September. Others with considerable experience include juniors, and on the junior high side Elizabeth Skjelver, Kyler Odden, Alissa Volk and Kaitlin Boucher, among others.

“We’re both looking forward to a really good year with these kids, to see how they grow,” Kruger said.

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