The Princeton High School speech team, with 39 members this year, had their first meet of the season on Feb. 2 at the Crusader Invitational at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, followed by the team’s second meet Feb. 9 at St. Francis.
The team did best at the Cathedral meet, and head coach Thor Mattick says the not as good showing in St. Francis was affected by some of the team members being in a one-act play competition that day.
Princeton placed second among medium schools in the Cathedral meet, in which Willmar was first in that category. Cathedral was first and Sartell second among large schools, and Apollo was first and Ogilvie second among smaller school teams.
PHS had three individual champions in the Cathedral meet – Megan Frandsen in discussion, Kenny Cowles in extemporaneous speaking and Annika Peterson in great speeches.
Other individual results at the Cathedral meet:
Discussion – Nick Lagenfield fourth, Sarah Fagerness eighth, and Brian Kunz honorable mention.
Extemporaneous speaking – Alicia Aho third
Great speeches – Sadie Nowak fifth, Emma Carlberg seventh
Original oratory – Michael Huebsch seventh, Montana Lawrence eighth
Poetry – Sam Glauvitz sixth
Storytelling – Gino Fraboni sixth.
During the St. Francis meet, Kunz placed second in discussion and Cowles was eighth in extemporaneous speaking. Glauvitz and Aho received honorable mentions, Glauvitz in poetry and Aho in extemporaneous speaking.
Mattick said that most of the teams in the St. Francis meet, in contrast to Princeton, had been in more meets so far this season so that would have given those teams more experience.
The team competes at St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) this Saturday.
PHS will be in two conference speech meets this season – the Granite Ridge Conference meet in Zimmerman March 19 and the Mississippi 8 Conference meet that PHS will host April 2. PHS is now in the Granite Ridge Conference and will be returning to the Mississippi 8 Conference next school year. PHS is getting involved in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet this year because there needs to be a minimum of five teams at the conference meet and it only has four schools in the conference now for speech – Buffalo, STMA, Cambridge-Isanti and Rogers, according to Mattick. Princeton is inviting North Branch, Chisago Lakes and St. Francis to this year’s Mississippi Conference meet so it can take place, Mattick said.