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Speech Team Members Place at State

By Staff | Apr 29, 2016

All-state winners: (Back Row) Thor Skjelver, Kate Heidlebaugh, Madalyn Pretzer, Jacob Christianson (Front Row) Lillian Schmidt, Kaitlyn Boucher, Alissa Volk, Maria Mack, Elizabeth Skjelver.

Eighteen students represented Rugby High School last week at the State Class B Speech Meet in Mandan.

Of the 18, six made it to finals and placed, which helped the team take 7th out of 77 schools.

Nine students-Jacob Christianson, Thor and Elizabeth Skjelver, Kate Heidlebaugh, Alissa Volk, Madalyn Pretzer, Maria Mack, Kaitlyn Boucher and Lillian Schmidt-received all-state recognition. To qualify, students have to place in the top 20 percent of four events.

Rugby speech coach Kyle Vareberg said that what they started this year will continue into next year.

“We are looking for pieces that will have an emotional impact; we want oratorios that matter to the audience; we’re going to work on technique and precision,” Vareberg said.

Vareberg said next year the team will travel to more Class A and National Forensics League-competitions.

“My goal is always that the kids are learning how to do this kind of on their own. I want them to want the victory. But in the end – my team is about the experience,” Vareberg said. “I have a lot of extremely talented students on my team who, for them, this is what they’re good at and they’re really good at it. We want to keep going up from here.”

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