Engels among those on All-State Speech team
Minneota senior Alyssa Engels, who competed at the Class A State Speech Tournament this past weekend at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, was named to the Minnesota Speech Coaches Association All-State Team.
Engels placed first in Original Oratory in the Section 3A tournament the prior weekend at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
She finished 11th out of 22 speakers in the state preliminaries. The top eight speakers advance to the finals. Judges awarded first place to Zaara Nayak of Mounds Park Academy.
Engels received a pin for being names to the All-State team. A total of 114 speech competitors from 46 different high schools were selected to the All-State team.
"To become a recipient of the MSCAA All-State Award, one must possess the qualities of an outstanding speaker, teammate, and community member for multiple speech seasons," said MSCA Past-President Kasey Wacker. "The MSCA makes it possible for both speakers and coaches to feel valued and appreciated in ways that go beyond the tournaments in which we compete."
To qualify for All-State recognition, speakers must achieve a series of milestones established by the MSCA. Those qualifications include being a senior in high school, documented excellence in competition, including competing on subsection/section teams and at least one appearance in the MSHSL State Speech Tournament, and utilizing their speech skills in at least three other activities. Community involvement is also part of the qualifying criteria.