Alberg is Speech MRC Coach of the Year, Skluzacek goes All-Conference

By: 
Jarrod Schoenecker

Amanda Sladek photo
Tri-City United High School Speech Team members that participated in the meet March 11. Pictured (from left to right) are Savanah Chapel, Xiani Medina, Dakota Meadows, Isaac Schroder, Coach Amy Alberg (down center), Jae Sladek, Luke Skluzacek and Jose Marin Martinez.

Tri-City United High School was host to the Minnesota River Conference (MRC) Speech Championship Meet on March 11, an annual event that brings together the best speech participants in the conference.

“This fine arts event captures excitement for our participants, parents and fans of speech,” said MRC President Randy Walsh of Sibley East High School, “Through the work of the coaches and students, the MRC continues to produce outstanding performers.”

Belle Plaine High School took first place in the meet with Norwood-Young America High School coming in a very close second, just one point behind. Tri-City United High School placed third.

The real shining stars from TCU were Speech Coach Amy Alberg, who received the honor of the 2023 MRC Speech Coach of the Year, and junior speech team member Luke Skluzacek, who was named to the All-Conference Speech Team.

Skluzacek placed on the all-conference team under the extemporaneous reading category. Participation in extemporaneous reading is meant to teach a student to introduce and read excerpts from prose or poetry for the purpose of appreciation or enjoyment.

At a meet, the student will declare, prior to each draw, their choice of genre. Thirty minutes before the participant’s time slot in the contest, the reader draws three selections and chooses one of them to perform. The reading or performance of it shall not exceed seven minutes in length.

This was Skluzacek’s first year as a speech participant. MRC Executive Secretary and Sports Information Director Dan Gardner said that Skluzacek has... Pick up the March 16 edition of the Montgomery Messenger to continue reading. Subscribe online at MontgomeryMNNews.com. Digital subscription included.

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