Roseville Area High School Speech Team brought 12 qualifiers to the Minnesota State High School League State Speech Tournament

On April 20, the Roseville Area High School Speech Team brought 12 qualifiers to the Minnesota State High School League State Speech Tournament, where the state’s top speakers compete for a championship title in one of 13 events. There, RAHS earned two championship titles: Junior Jason Sobieck won in the Serious Interpretation of Prose category, and juniors Kellin Robinson and Vakare Bartkaitis won in the Duo Interpretation category. After three preliminary rounds, the three students advanced to the finals to compete for a first place medal. Qualifying for state is challenging — there are roughly 80-100 students in each category, and only 24 qualify — and advancing to finals is even more impressive. RAHS claiming two titles is a significant accomplishment. Only two other programs in Minnesota, Apple Valley and Moorhead, were able to do so. The other RAHS students competed valiantly, and while they did not earn medals, their coaching staff is proud of their hard work and talent. The students’ performances covered the topics of disability, race and implicit bias.

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