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The R-P and FC speech teams came together last Saturday for a little friendly competition and more practice before the next meet on March 18 at Wabasha.
Submitted photo The R-P and FC speech teams came together last Saturday for a little friendly competition and more practice before the next meet on March 18 at Wabasha.
On Saturday, March 11, the Rushford-Peterson Speech Team traveled to Fillmore Central in Harmony for a small competition to get more practice before the conference contest approaching this Saturday in Wabasha.

These two teams discovered there really was no place to compete close to compete; so with a little persuading, Jackie Whitaker, Fillmore Central’s speech coach, graciously volunteered to host a small contest.

It was a friendly competition with not a lot of stress since most of the categories were small with less than five people competing; but the feedback was very beneficial. Certificates were given to the top three in each category.

Here are the R-P results: Leah Himlie, first in creative expression; Merrill Schroeder, second in creative expression; Nell Himlie, first in drama; Olivia Thompson, fourth in drama; Dylan Payne, fifth in drama; Taylor Johnson, first in humorous; Tovah Schroeder, first in extemporaneous reading; Cierra Rasmussen and Julia Maynard, first in duo; Nell Himlie and Leah Himlie, second in duo; Grace Thompson and Lily Thompson, third in duo; Hannah Linder, first in prose; and Zenessa Anderson, first in storytelling.

“It was a fun and rewarding day,” stated coach Shari Michel. “It might have been a small contest, but the desire and talent was still there by all to do well and get some positive feedback. It was still competitive but had less stress. It was a good day for all.”

After all the awards were handed out, the two teams posed for a group photo.

“It was a nice day to compete and find things to improve on and see how the week’s changes worked for each team,” coach Michel added.

The next contest will not quite be a “friendly.” Saturday, March 18 is the Three Rivers Conference meet in Wabasha.

This will be a good contest to see where individuals end up in preparation for not only Winona Cotter’s contest on March 25 but the sub-section contest at Cannon Falls on April 1 where only the top six in each category will advance to the section contest.