Four speech members place at State tournament

Four speech members place at State tournament

Anna Landis, Juliet Beckstrand, Rachel Hogen, and Sian Last represented BSM at the State Speech tournament where they all placed in the top eight.

Shannon Galvin, Staff Writer

On Saturday, April 21, BSM speech team members headed to Chanhassen High School to participate in the Minnesota State Speech tournament. At the end of the day, four students, seniors Anna Landis, Juliet Beckstrand, Sian Last, and junior Rachel Hogen, all placed in the finals. Landis placed third in Poetry, Beckstrand placed second in Great Speeches, Last placed fifth in Discussion, and Hogen placed seventh in Storytelling.

Landis’ piece was from a collection of war poetry from the perspective of Vietnam veteran nurses called “Visions of War, Dreams of Peace.” As a captain and senior, Landis felt honored to represent her team one last time. “I was not expecting to do so well, so placing in state is just an extra blessing, and I am so proud of my team and I love them so much,” said Landis.

Junior, Rachel Hogen was also very honored to place at the State tournament, where she performed “The Musicians of Bremen,” one of the many stories she memorized as part of her category. “Final rounds can be scary considering that one click of a computer can determine your fate, but it was still an enjoyable experience, and I love my team so much,” said Hogen.