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Herder Speech and Drama State
Herder Speech and Drama State
Leslie Edden
Wednesday, February 05, 2020

     Speech and Drama season couldn’t come to an end without at least one horribly long bus ride, and that is exactly how it ended this year. On January 30th, our five qualifying state competitors hit the road and headed to Bigfork, Montana. On day one, the competition got underway, with three preliminary rounds. On day two, there was one more preliminary round, before the top 14 from each section were selected to move on to the semi-finals. So off competitors went, with nervousness and high hopes of making it into the final eight. However, after finishing their semi-finals round, the competitors came out of their rooms to a strange surprise... 

     The wind had knocked down the power line, killing most of the power in the building, but that wouldn’t stop anybody. Competitors didn’t fret and knew the show had to go on, doing everything they could, pulling out flashlights and walking in groups, they got prepared and headed off to the final round with the top eight in the state. Then the highest stakes part of the whole day commenced, waiting for awards to start.

     As each section was called down, the nerves started hitting everyone, whether they were a top finalist or not. Out of the five qualifying Herders, three had pushed their way through all six rounds to place. Freshmen Trinity Duncan, a dramatic soloist placed eighth, junior Kailey Forrey, a memorized public address speaker placed fifth and as for our four-year veteran of Speech and Drama, senior Meredith Myrstol, a humorous oral interpreter placed third. 

     Everyone is very proud of the team and are very excited to see them back at it again next season.