WEST FARGO, N.D. (NewsDakota.com)- This past Saturday, March 23,  the Valley City High School Hi-Liner Speech Team traveled to the West Fargo High School Packer Speech Invitational. The Hi-Liners had a successful day as they near the end of regular season competition. VCHS advanced 44 of its 90 entries to the final round of competition. This was the most of any team.

We had two competitors final for the first time in their career, 7th grader Claire Powell in Serious Duo (with her partner Jazmine Schmidt) and 9th grader Brinklyn Johnson in Speech to Persuade. Two new events qualified for the State Class A Speech Tournament, April 13 held at Jamestown High School. Several kids qualified events they had already previously qualified. In the field of 13 teams, VCHS placed 1st with 236 sweepstakes points. Fargo Shanley was 2nd with 96 points and Milnor placed 3rd with 31 points.


Individual Results are as follows:

Serious Duo: Claire Powell/Jazmine Schmidt (8th), Lillian Kiefert/Olivia Slyter (3rd), Maggie Oberlander/Eliza Johnson (1st and State Qualified)

EPR: Brinklyn Johnson (Top Novice), Katy Meester (8th), Olivia Slyter (7th), Eliza Johnson (6th), Maggie Oberlander (4th), Monisha Terry (2nd)

Speech to Entertain: Katy Borg (Top Novice), Haley Dalgliesh (8th), Alexis Wobbema (6th), Amelia Meester (2nd), Elizabeth Gazeley (1st and State Qualified)

Serious Prose: Ariana Abrahamson (8th), Stephanie Hoffarth (7th), Skye Auka (6th), Gabbie Shipp (5th), Olivia Slyter (4th), Eliza Johnson (3rd)

Speech to Inform: Emmalee Jones (Top Novice), Sophie Boe (8th), Katy Meester (2nd)

Dramatic: Alexis Wobbema (8th), Madi Klabo (5th), Gabbie Shipp (4th), Lillian Kiefert (3rd), Maggie Oberlander (2nd and State Qualified on A/B Split)

Humorous: Tucker Johnson (5th), Monisha Terry (2nd)

Radio Broadcasting: Eliza Johnson (3rd)

Poetry: Olivia Slyter (4th), Gabbie Shipp (3rd), Monisha Terry (2nd State Qualified on A/B split)

Storytelling: Cassie Mundal (8th), Amelia Meester (4th), Sophie Boe (3rd), Stephanie Hoffarth (2nd), Elizabeth Gazeley (1st and State Qualified)

Impromptu Speaking: Madi Klabo (4th), Gabbie Shipp (3rd)

Speech to Persuade: Brinklyn Johnson (8th), Aurora Ziniel (7th), Madi Klabo (6th), Elizabeth Gazeley (3rd), Maggie Oberlander (1st and State Qualified)

Humorous Duo: Tucker Johnson/Maddi Knight (5th), Amelia Meester/Katy Borg (3rd), Elizabeth Gazeley/Katy Meester (1st and State Qualified)


Next up is the Fargo Davies Speech Invite Saturday, March 23 which will feature a large mix of Class A schools from both sides of the state. We are almost done with our regular season competition and will soon move into Post-Season competition. The EDC Regional Tournament is scheduled to be held Saturday, April 7th at Fargo North.