Varsity speech team brings home several trophies

The New Prague High School Speech team took home several trophies at the Red Wing Speech Festival Saturday, Feb. 25.

New Prague was fourth in the large schools division as they had 18 team points. First place Park of Cottage Grove had 117, Cannon Falls earned 63 and Rochester John Marshall had 52. The small schools trophies were presented to Northfield, Shakopee, Rochester Lourdes and Stewartville. Schools are placed in divisions based on the number of entries they had at the tournament. New Prague took 28 competitors to the event.

Caleb Busacker took home a third place trophy in Humorous.

Matthew Eldred, in Extemporaneous Speaker, and Emily Walberg, in Great Speeches, both received fourth place honors. Honorable Mention trophies went to Sandra Dehnbostel in Extemporaneous Reading and Julia Girard in Humorous.

Many other students earned a rating of first or second in one of their preliminary rounds. Each category had 20-40 competitors.

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