Hannah Johnson and Logan Monahan are awarded first place at the Sections speech contest in Byron. They will perform their comedic duo, this Saturday at the State competition in Blaine. Photo by Brandon Greenfield
By David Richards
They're moving on.
Hayfield's Hannah Johnson and Logan Monahan earned trips to the state speech tournament after placing in the top three of the Section 1A competition April 5 in Byron.
The students placed first in the duo interpretation category, where a pair of speakers present a piece together.
"I think it was a huge accomplishment for them," said Pamela Tvedt, Byron High School's head speech coach and the tournament director. "It is one of the most competitive categories. It received a lot of attention when it was introduced a few years ago, and kids love the fact that they are not by themselves."
The Class A state speech tournament will be held this Saturday, April 12, at Blaine High School.
The top three finalists in each of the 13 categories made it to state.
"They placed third in their subsection, so they've really put the polish on the past two weeks." Tvedt said of Johnson and Monahan. "And maybe that accomplishment will spark some additional interest in the speech team there and it will grow."Hayfield's Jon Fleischmann competed at the section tournament in the great speech category, but did not advance to the finals.
Brandon Greenfield and Laura Kuisle are the coaches for the Hayfield speech team. "These two have been working so hard to reach this point," Greenfield said. "These students are a part of so many things at Hayfield, it shows how responsible and dedicated these kids are to find the time to practice and prepare. Laura Kuisle and I are two very proud coaches!"
The tournament consisted of three preliminary rounds before the final round. Nineteen schools participated.