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Westonka Speech Takes First Place at St. Michael-Albertville Tourney

By Kelsey Rausch Westonka Speech had a stellar weekend at the St. Michael-Albertville tournament on Feb. 8. A total of 22 students broke into outrounds and earned a spot on the podium. With so many competitors earning top spots, the team scored enough points to walk away with the first-place trophy in the large schools division.

Westonka Speech Places Third at Prior Lake Invite

By Kelsey Rausch Westonka Speech competed at the Prior Lake Invitational Feb. 1 and saw great success. First and foremost, the team had over 20 competitors receive awards, which resulted in a third-place finish overall for the team. Most notably, four entries earned NIETOC bids—one of three necessary to gain entry into the National Individual

Westonka Speech Competes at Weekend Tournaments, Gormley is Poetry Champ

By Kelsey Rausch Last weekend, Westonka Speech competed in two different tournaments across Minnesota. Half of the team drove up to Marshall, Minnesota, to compete in the Marshall Speech Spectacular two-day tournament, Jan. 25 and 26. The other half of the team competed Saturday in Andover High School’s tournament. Most notably, junior Merrick Gormley came

Finck, Gormley Named MWHS ExCEL Award Winners

By Lorrie Ham Juniors Avery Finck and Merrick Gormley have been selected as the Mound Westonka High School recipients of the Minnesota State High School League’s ExCEL Award. ExCEL – Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership – is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities,

Gormley is 5th at State Speech

By Lorrie Ham Sophomore Merrick Gormley finished fifth in Poetry at the State Speech Tournament at Wayzata High School on April 13. Gormley was the first Westonka competitor to qualify for the state tournament in seven years. Over 300 Minnesota schools compete in speech, with several hundred competitors in every category competing to get to the

Students Break Records at Speech Sections

By Lorrie Ham Westonka Speech broke a number of team records on April 6 at the MSHSL Section 2AA Tournament in Hutchinson, including advancing sophomore Merrick Gormley to state. Gormley is the first Westonka competitor to qualify for the state tournament in seven years. The team brought a record number of 22 competitors to sections,

Sophomore Shines at Speech Tourney

By Lorrie Ham Westonka Speech competed March 8 at the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) National Qualifier Tournament, where sophomore Merrick Gormley became the first Mound Westonka High School student to advance to the semifinals. There were a total of 20 schools competing for the Southern Minnesota District, with 393 competitors. Westonka Speech had

Westonka Speech Advances to Sections

By Lorrie Ham Westonka Speech competed at the Wright County Conference meet Feb. 28. With a total of 93 sweepstake points, Westonka placed second in the conference, the highest placement in recent years, and will advance to sections. Two Westonka Speech competitors were the champions in their categories: eighth-grader Grace Cunningham in Discussion and junior

Westonka Speech Reaches Podium in Chaska

By Lorrie Ham Westonka Speech competed at the Feb. 23 Chaska Invitational, where several Mound Westonka High School competitors ended up on the podium. Sophomore Josh Nkhata broke into Finals for Drama and placed fourth overall in the category. Nkhata also broke in to Next-In Finals for Creative Expression and placed fifth. Junior Grace Hanson

Westonka Speech Earns Second-Place Team Trophy

By Lorrie Ham The Westonka speech team competed at the STMA Invitational on Feb. 9, earning enough individual trophies to score the second-place team trophy in the large school division. Individual successes that contributed to the second-place finish included two first-place finishes, two third-place finishes, one fourth-place finish, one fifth-place finish and one seventh-place finish.