Wayzata Speech Team Wins Section 5AA Championship!
The Wayzata Speech Team won their first ever section championship on Friday, April 8, at Champlin Park High School. It was a close race between multiple schools, but Wayzata's depth, along with four individual championships, brought them the victory.
The team was in first place by a slim margin after the preliminary rounds, and sent eleven speakers to final rounds. They knew it would come down to finals, however, with Blaine, Andover, Dassel-Cokato, and Anoka all sending 10-11 speakers to final rounds also. But the team's top speakers came through when it mattered most, with sophomore Saee Patil (humorous interpretation), Tyler Janousek (informative speaking), Kristen Busch (creative expression), and Ananya Shah (great speeches) all winning the championship in their respective categories. Junior Lauren Blanks took 2nd in informative speaking and those five students advanced to the State Speech Tournament, where Saee Patil had the team's best day, finishing in 12th place.
The team is already looking forward to defending their title at next season's 5AA Tournament on March 24th, which they will host at Wayzata High School. They will also be hosting the first Wayzata Speech Invitational Tournament on January 21st of next year.