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Spoken Like a True Competitor

March 02, 2021

Leigh Speech Team Finds Success at Wisner-Pilger

By: Emily Loseke, a senior at Leigh High School


“I’m not okay with the greatest industry in the world being slandered even though it produces all necessities of life and people should be extremely grateful for it,” stated Leigh freshman Taya Hambleton in her persuasive speech.  Taya’s speech is just one of the great presentations happening on the Leigh Speech Team this season!

On Saturday, February 20, nine Leigh students competed in the Wisner-Pilger speech meet, four of which made it to finals. 

The meet included 19 different schools and had three levels of finals: gold, silver, and bronze. The gold level was the typical finals in which students could medal.

Speech Coach Shelby Paprocki said, “I was so happy and excited to have multiple people make finals and place at a meet that had over 19 schools competing.”

The four finalists are as follows:

Emily Loseke medaled with 7th place in the gold finals and finished with a superior rating. Her informative speech is about the Aberfan disaster in which 116 children were killed due to a preventable and forewarned coal mining accident.

Aubrie Hanna placed 7th in the silver finals and finished with a superior rating. Her poetry focuses on eating disorders to help everyone realize their own self-worth.

Tanyn Larson placed 3rd in the bronze finals and finished with a superior rating. Her persuasive speech is about how robots are helping in the workforce instead of hindering, including on her family’s dairy farm. 

Taya Hambleton placed 5th in the bronze finals and finished with an excellent rating. Her persuasive speech shares her point of view on the livestock and agriculture industries opposed to what PETA believes. 

Hanna said, “The Wisner-Pilger speech meet was super fun and a good experience overall! We all made some new friends, and got to share all of our hard work with the other students.”

The other speech members presented well, too. Their ratings are as follows:

Alicia Holmberg earned a superior rating with her serious prose titled “I Love You Mommy” by Kindra Campbell that tells of a young girl and the heart-breaking relationship she holds with her mother, as her mother struggles with her own relationship with drugs.

Leah Pinkston earned superior and excellent ratings with her humorous prose titled “A Step-by-Step Guide to Dating Someone You Met on the Internet” by Stephanie Christensen.

Macy Clausen earned an excellent rating with her persuasive speech about how the government should focus more on the people who are suffering from homelessness rather than celebrities and the media.

Sage Fernau earned an excellent rating with her serious prose titled “I Don’t Want to Be Crazy” by Samantha Shutz. It’s about a girl who’s addicted to nicotine and faces the consequences of always feeling watched and not herself.

Cassi Rayback earned a superior rating with her persuasive speech about how abortion is not the only solution to an unwanted pregnancy.



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