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Cromwell-Wright speech team on its way to State

Cromwell-Wright earned third place out of 21 teams at the Section 7A Speech Tournament held on Friday, April 5, at Hibbing Community College. Cromwell-Wright qualified five people to participate at State: Jennifer Koenig, second place, and Vaness...

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Cromwell-Wright speech team members qualified to go on to state competition later this month after placing third in the Section 7A Speech Tournament on April 5 at Hibbing Community College. Contributed Photo
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Cromwell-Wright earned third place out of 21 teams at the Section 7A Speech Tournament held on Friday, April 5, at Hibbing Community College.

Cromwell-Wright qualified five people to participate at State: Jennifer Koenig, second place, and Vanessa Dickey, third place, in Drama; Ann Collman, first place, in Creative Expression; Hunter Rauvola, third place, in Extemporaneous Speaking; and Emily Warpula, second, in Storytelling. Warpula is making her third appearance at State. She also qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) in San Antonio, Texas, on May 9, with her Drama piece.

Koenig is performing the tale of a woman on the brink of sanity in "The Care and Feeding of Baby Birds."

Dickey is performing a woman artist who reveals a shocking moment of her life in "Sarah's Red."

Collman is performing a self-written story about a woman's escape from bondage called, "Hand in Hand."

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Warpula will perform stories from the book "Grimm's Tales for the Young and Old."

Rauvola will research and answer questions from current domestic events.

Cromwell-Wright entered 23 speakers at sections and qualified eight to the finals. Collman and Kayle Johnson earned fourth place in Duo Interpretation, missing State by one spot, and Olivia Warpula earned sixth place in Humor.

Brian Schilling is the head coach of the speech team along with assistant coach Jeanne Weimer.

"It was a bittersweet section contest as we witnessed new stars rise on the team and final performances from our seniors," Schilling commented. "We commend our seniors for paving a path for future generations of talented speakers at Cromwell. Our program is strong and will continue with a strong group of underclassmen. We have over 30 speech members in a high school of 131 students."

The State Speech Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 20, at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn. It is free and open to the public.

The Cromwell-Wright speech team will hold a Community Performance Night on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

There will be an additional performance on Wednesday, April 17, starting at 6 p.m. at Villa Vista in Cromwell as well as a school performance for the students and a sendoff for the team to the state tournament.

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More information about the State Tournament can be found on the Minnesota State High School League's website, mshsl.org.

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