skip navigation

Speech Team

Regular Season Regular Season
Regular Season x Regular Season

Your Speech Team Coaches

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]

Krista Boston, J.D.

Krista Boston, J.D.

Head Speech Coach

Phone: 612-598-3916

Susan Amundrud

Asst. Speech Coach

Zoe Strissel

Zoe Strissel


Matthew Tollefson

Matthew Tollefson


More about Speech Team

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:  

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.

Tournament Calendar

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

  Northfield, MN
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      

2023 Season Awards