The speech students from New England High School had a successful season this year, with seven participating on the Dickinson High School speech team.
By RACHEL BOCK
New England School is in a co-op with Dickinson High School, and Dickinson Trinity High School for speech, and the team consisted of 79 students participating at the Class A level.
The students from New England included Leah Ehlis, Kayla Ehlis, Jayla Nelson, Dakota Bray, Emily Ehlis, Beatrice Fontanarosa, and Eve Stegner. Fontanarosa and Emily Ehlis qualified for the State Speech Tournament, which was held at Jamestown High School on April 16.
To qualify for the state speech tournament a participant had to qualify at an individual speech meet or at one of the two regional tournaments, in either one of the 14 categories of: Radio Broadcasting, Storytelling, Extemporaneous Programmed Reading, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry, Serious Duo, Inform, Serious Prose, Impromptu, and Speech to Entertain.
Fontanarosa qualified in the category of Speech to Entertain, while Emily Ehlis qualified in Radio Broadcasting and Speech to Persuade. Ehlis, who is in her fifth year on the speech team, placed sixth at the state level in Radio Broadcasting. Ehlis has qualified for state the past three years and feels that you have to be dedicated and love what you are doing to be successful.
“You have to be determined. You have to enjoy what you are doing and you have to be enjoying the event, and a lot of the times it is finding what event is the best for you because there is so many different things that you can do. There is something for everyone. So once you find that and you run with it, you will help you so much. Just putting your heart and soul into it and loving every minute of it is a big part of it,” Emily Ehlis said.
The Dickinson High team won first place overall at the State Tournament with 88 points, and is coached by Janel Schiff, Nathan Amberg, and McKyla Hondl.