Sydney Tupy qualifies for State Speech Tournament

Sydney Tupy, daughter of Dr. Jeremy and Stefeni Tupy, shows off her first place medal from the Section 1AA speech tournament Thursday, April 11. She will compete at the State Speech Tournament Friday, April 19, in Blaine. (Submitted Photo)

Even with the snow day, at New Prague High School on Thursday, April 11, the high school’s speech team competed at the Section 1AA Tournament in Northfield.

The team had many individual successes. Five students went to the final round in their category bringing them closer to the state tournament. By the end of the evening, one student would advance to state. Sydney Tupy took first place for Serious Interpretation of Prose. Tupy’s selection is titled “My Stroke of Insight,” by Dr. Jill Bolte Tailor, a neuroanatomist who wrote about her eight-year recovery from a severe stroke at age 37.

“I meld several passages of her writing together,” Tupy explained. “She regressed mentally and physically and then recovered, and I go back and forth between different stages of her recovery.”

Other students receiving awards were Aaron Dodge, fourth place in Discussion. Charlie Murphy and Brianna Meyer, sixth place in Duo Interpretation and Lexi Barta, fourth place in Extemporaneous Reading.

The state tournament will be held at Blaine High School on Friday, April 19. Competition begins at 10:15 a.m., with the final round scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

This will be the first time that a speech student is going to state under the direction of coach Matthew Stensrud.

Other team members competing at the section meet were Katie Patton, Maria Eischens, Annie Medina, Emmalee Eide, Kaitlin Bruder, Lauren Brooks, Alex Wagner, Amy Simon, TJ Heid, Emma Hargreaves, Nick Hodge, Amanda Bjerke, Jordan Schwakopf and Richard Scrivener.