Twenty-eight Lakeville Area students competed at the 2019 Minnesota State High School League Speech Tournament April 12-13 at Wayzata High School and 10 students were awarded medals.
Lakeville North state qualifiers were Noah Benavides, Annika Kingsriter, Evan Bowen, Grace Bowen, Mason Braasch, Andrea Schiefelbein, Dillon Brown, Camille Buckley, McKenzie Burski, Natalie Clark, Nicole Cummings, Xander Feist, Alyson Hasner, Annika Hurd, Lauren Igbanugo, Madison Leverty, Krystal Mutebi, Emily Nyberg, Emily Plotnik, Anna Puhek, Molly Rapp, Marco Sciamanda, Roman Sciamanda, Jack Tie, Kathryn Thull, Shashwot Tripathy, and Madison Woody. Katelyn Ambaruch qualified and competed in Humorous Interpretation from Lakeville South High School.
State medals are awarded to the top eight finishers for each event in the final round. Mason Braasch and Andrea Schiefelbein finished fourth-place and Noah Benavides and Annika Kingsriter finished sixth-place in Duo Interpretation. Natalie Clark finished fourth-place in Prose. Molly Rapp finished fifth-place for Drama. Anna Puhek finished fifth-place, Annika Hurd finished sixth-place, and Shashwot Tripathy finished seventh-place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Krystal Mutebi finished seventh-place in Great Speeches.
Additionally, three students from the Lakeville North speech team qualified for the Minnesota Speech Coaches Association (MSCA) All-State Speech Team. The All-State Team qualifiers are Mason Braasch, Anna Puhek, and Andrea Schiefelbein.
To qualify for the All-State Speech Team, speakers must attain a set of milestones established by the MSCA. Those qualifications include being a senior in high school, documented excellence in competition, including at least three subsection or section teams and at least two appearances at the MSHSL state tournament, and utilizing their speech skills in at least three other activities, such as National Honor Society, dramatics, or athletics. Community engagement is also part of the qualifying criteria.