Coach Boston is an award winning HighSchool and Collegiate Speech and Debate Competitor. She was at one time ranked 9th in the Nation as part of the Kearney State College Debate Team. She has competed in both Public Address and Dramatic Interpretation Events including Poetry, Drama, Duo, Great Speeches, Storytelling, Extemporaneous Speaking, Group Poetry, One Act Plays, Theatre, Musical Theatre, The Voice of Democracy and was Captain of the Debate Team in College, Student Body Vice President, Student Lobbyist and later went on to become an Attorney (Member of the Minnesota State Bar). In 2014, she formed the award winning Speech and Debate Team for Math and Science Academy in Woodbury before she moved to Rochester to become the Chief Customer Relations Officer for City of Rochester's, Rochester Public Utilities. She is a Senior Community Faculty At Metropolitan State University teaching in the Human Services Administration School and currently serves as the Head Debate Coach, as well for Century High School.
Asst. Coach Susan Amunrud [TBD]
Head Speech Coach
Asst. Speech Coach
The speech team meets Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. right after school in G House in Room 245 (Ms. Amundrud's Room). The practice is facilitated by the Captains. Zoe Strissel and Matt Tollefson. You should contact the Coaches or Captains for more information. There are 12 possible categories. This is a competitive activity governed by the rules of the Minnesota State Highschool league. All competitors are expected to attend tournaments and prepared a speech and compete in one or two categories (no more).
The rules of the league are here: https://www.mshsl.org/sports-and-activities/speech.
The goal is to practice and compete at local and regional tournaments leading to competing at sections and the ultimate goal is to qualify for the state tournament and become a state champion at the state tournament in April. Speech is an amazing talent and activity and all competitors eventually learn the skills that are critical later in life.
Your coaches are skilled competitors with backgrounds in the activity and will teach you lifelong skills.
Note that all parents are expected to judge in order to keep costs low and to ensure that the largest numbers can effectively travel to all tournaments.
|Feb. 4, 2023||KoMet KoMotion||Novice and Varsity||7:45||Kasson, MN|
|Feb. 11, 2023||John Marshall Supreme Speech Spectacular||Novice and Varsity||No bus||Rochester, MN|
|Feb. 18, 2023||53rd Annual Bloomington Tournament||Novice and Varsity||6:45||Bloomington, MN|
|Feb. 25, 2023||Red Wing Invitational||Novice and Varsity||7:15||Red Wing, MN|
|Mar. 4, 2023||Chatfield Invitational||Novice and Varsity||7:30||Chatfield, MN|
|Mar. 14, 2023||Big 9 Mankato East Hosting||Novice and Varsity||6:45||Mankato, MN|
|Mar. 18, 2023||Northfield Raider Invitational||Novice and Varsity||6:30||Northfield, MN|
|Mar. 25, 2023||Spartan Speech Showdown - Rochester Mayo HS||Novice and Varsity||No bus||Rochester, MN|
|Apr. 13, 2023||MSHSL Section 1AA||Novice and Varsity||
TBD p.m. competition
|Apr. 28-29, 2023||State Speech Tournament||Coaches and Qualifiers at Sections||TBD Friday competition - bus with Mayo and J.M.||Eastview, Apple Valley, MN|
|May-22||Banquet (TBD)||Held at school|