FAIRMONT — The annual high school speech tournament will be at Fairmont High School on Saturday.
“This is the 21st year that we’ve hosted the tournament,” said speech coach Roxy Jahnke. “We have 70 students on the speech team this year from grades 7 through 12.”
About 540 students from 21 schools will participate, along with about 100 coaches and judges.
“We follow high school league rules, but we also will be going by the National Forensics League rules, because we have some students who will be competing with NFL rules next week,” Jahnke said.
The speech tournament will consist of three rounds, starting at 9 a.m. Finals will be performed around 1:30 p.m., with awards presented about 3:30 p.m.
“The students will be competing in 13 categories of public speaking and interpretation,” Jahnke said.
Public speaking categories include oratory (persuasive problem solving), informative, creative expression, great speeches (analyzing a speech of significance), discussion of a task (small group communication), and three categories that are luck of the draw: extemporaneous speaking, extemporaneous reading and storytelling.
Interpretation categories include prose, poetry, drama, humor and dramatic duet (which can either be humor or drama).
Some Fairmont speech team members who have been recognized and placed in tournaments this year include: Patrick Kloeckner for drama, Dana Draper for oratory, Karin Dahlin for poetry, Katie Davidson for prose, Rachel Parsley in storytelling and Josh Vetter and Taylor Burgraff for dramatic duo.
Team captains are Karin Dahlin, Sara Borchardt and Jordan Huffman.
Jahnke encourages the public to come watch the performances. Guides will be posted as to where each category is being performed.