Tschimperle headed to state speech meet

New Prague High School senior Matt Tschimperle is headed to the state Class AA speech contest Friday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.

Tschimperle placed first in Storytelling at the Section 2AA festival April 2 at Mankato West High School. In Storytelling, students familiarize themselves with 15 stories chosen for that year’s competition, prepare introductions to each story and then learn shortly before the competition which story they will be delivering in a random draw.

This is Tschimperle’s first trip to the state meet. He just missed going last year, placing fourth. The top three finishers in each category from each Section advance to state.

Students from Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Mankato East, Mankato West, Marshall, Mound Westonka, New Prague, New Ulm, St. Michael-Albertville, Waseca, Willmar, and Worthington competed at the Sectional meet. Only Tschimperle, junior Josh Gebhart, and freshman Emily Walberg made it into the final round. Tschimperle scored 1,1 and 2 in his preliminary rounds and earned all 1’s (best) from his three finals round judges.

Walberg earned a sixth place medal in great speeches with her performance and analysis of Emma Goldman’s speech on patriotism. Gebhart earned a seventh place certificate in discussion. Gebhart went to last year’s state competition in discussion.

New Prague speakers who were ranked in the top three of at least one of their preliminary rounds include Matthew Eldred (extemporaneous speaking), Julia Girard (humor), Cami Gysland (humor), Jake Gysland (discussion), Brynia Johnson (creative expression), Chantal Liepold (info), Brandon Reese (creative expression), Michelle Sailor (extemporaneous reading), and Bennett Wadekamper (discussion).

Others competing for New Prague High School at the section meet were Jessamyn Aldrich (humor), Justine Carr (extemporaneous speaking), Allison Craft (duo), Kit Cross (drama), Sandra Dehnbostel (story), Sarah Donathan (duo), Angela Jirak (poetry), Matt Kane (prose), Nick LaMoore (great speeches), Meghan Otto (prose), Rachel Pumper (duo), Tina Puncochar (extemporaneous speaking), Rachel Sailor (creative expression), Lauren Shaffer (duo) and Wendy Thoreson (oratory). Coach Jeanne LaMoore said all have worked hard this season.

Graduating seniors on this year’s team are Aldrich, Laura Elliott, Jake Gysland, and Tschimperle. There were 29 students on the varsity team and 23 on the middle school team. Coaches were Jeanne LaMoore, Jeff Decker and Lisa Neufeld.

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