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Armstrong, Cooper students headed to the 2017 MSHSL State Speech Tournament

Armstrong, Cooper students headed to the 2017 MSHSL State Speech Tournament
Posted on 03/27/2017
Armstrong and Cooper high schools will be represented at the upcoming 2017 MSHSL State Speech Tournament. Sophomores Maggie Wuollet and Nadrat Amos and Junior Felicia Peterson will represent Armstrong High School.  Junior David Necas will represent Cooper High School. The state tournament will be held on Friday, April 21, at Apple Valley High School.  
 
Amos and Necas will complete in Extemporaneous Speaking, an event where students are given a question about social and world issues and have 30 minutes to memorize and delivery a 7-minute sourced speech.  Wuollet will complete in Discussion, where students are provided tasks and must work as a group to determine the best possible outcome for the task provided.  Peterson will compete in Storytelling where students take the works of various folk stories from around the world and must act them out for the audience.  Armstrong Juniors Eva Birkholz and Lauren Landsverk both qualified to the final round and took fifth place in their respective categories (Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling), just missing out on qualifying to the state tournament.
 
This is the second consecutive year Necas has qualified to the state tournament for Cooper.  This is the sixth year in a row Armstrong has qualified to the state tournament in Speech and the first time they have qualified multiple students to the event.
 
“Qualifying four students to the state tournament is great accomplishment for both school," said Speech Coach DJ Brynteson.  "This success comes from the hard work of the students and the coaches on the team.  I’m really looking forward to continuing to see these students grow in the performance and acting skills and watch as both teams grow."

The Robbinsdale Speech team is coached by Christian Vasquez, DJ Brynteson and Claudia Hankin.