The St. Anthony Speech Team is proud to be sending Clara Pederson (10th) and Lydia White (11th) to the State Speech Tournament on Friday, April 21st at Apple Valley High School.
Clara Pederson is in the category Creative Expression; the student writes a 10-minute speech with a goal of displaying “creative imagination in both writing and performance” (per the MSHSL). Speeches can be funny, serious, or both. There is a great deal of freedom in style and subject matter. Clara’s writing style has a wonderful cadence to it (which she expressively presents to the audience) and keeps you guessing what will happen next in her piece. This is Clara’s second year on the Speech Team and in Creative Expression. Clara has done very well this season, receiving awards at the Andover, Forest Lake, Centennial, and Cambridge-Isanti invitational meets. She placed 2nd at the Section Tournament on April 12th at Mounds View High School which qualified her to compete at State.
Lydia White is in the category Storytelling; Storytelling is a dynamic category requiring quick movement (“pops”) and many distinct character personas. Students receive a list of 15 stories at the beginning of the season and prepare re-tellings of each. Thirty minutes prior to speaking, students draw from a hat and prepare their chosen story so they can present extemporaneously (without the use of a script). Students do not simply memorize and re-hash the given stories, but they must keep true to the tone, events, and message present in the original story. This is Lydia’s third year on the team competing in Storytelling and she is currently a Captain. The variety of characters she creates are quite funny and definitely keep the audience entertained (ask her to do the frogs!). Lydia has also done very well this season, receiving awards at the Andover, Forest Lake, Centennial, and Cambridge-Isanti invitational meets. She placed 3rd at the Section Tournament on April 12th at Mounds View High School which qualifies her to compete at State.
Join us in wishing them luck this Friday at Apple Valley High School!