Belle Plaine High School speech team members (from left) Jonah Meyer, Hannah Burmeister, Emily Berger and Kadence Bran de Leon will compete in the state meet Saturday (April 22) at Apple Valley High School.
Belle Plaine High School speech team members (from left) Jonah Meyer, Hannah Burmeister, Emily Berger and Kadence Bran de Leon will compete in the state meet Saturday (April 22) at Apple Valley High School.
Four Belle Plaine High School students – two seniors and to underclassmen – will represent the school at the Minnesota State High School League Speech Meet Saturday (April 22, 10:15 a.m.) at Apple Valley High School.
All four students earned berths in the Class A state meet with second-place finishes at the section meet at Watertown-Mayer High School April 8.
BPHS senior Jonah Meyer will compete at state in the humor category presenting “Jimmy the Antichrist” by Peter J. Powell. The play contains five “very goofy” characters in funny situations, said Morgan Niemela, BPHS’s speech coach.
Hannah Burmeister will compete in the prose competition. She will present “A Pearl in the Storm” by Tori Murden McClure. The piece includes strong emotions with a message – that a person can overcome adversity.
In the duo interpretation category, the tandem of ninth-grader Emily Berger and Kadence Bran de Leon, an eighth-grader, will present “Human Befuddlement” by Annette Lorraine. Their presentation will show that animals are more predictable than human beings.
Belle Plaine competitors are aiming for spots among the top eight competitors in each category, Niemela said. Each category has 24 competitors in it, three from each of the eight sections across Minnesota.
“They’ve been working really hard all season,” Niemela said. “Hannah and Jonah have provided great leadership to their teammates.”
Also at the sectional competition, Belle Plaine just missed placing two other competitors in the state meet. Senior Hayden Cody finished fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Sophomore Isiah Trimbo finished fourth in discussion