4/16/2013 11:11:00 AM Murden, Warner earn State berths
Windom's Mijah Murden and Blake Warner will compete for one more weekend.
The two Windom Area High School upperclassmen finished among the top three in their respective categories at Friday's Section 2A Speech Tournament in St. Peter. Those finishes earned them the chance to comepte in Saturday's Class A State Speech Tournament at Blaine High School.
"It was very tough competition, so we had some disappointments, but overall we're very happy that Blake and Mijah made it through," said Windom Speech Coach Lisa Letcher.
"But everybody felt like they gave their best effort and that's all we can ask."
Murden captured her first section championship in poetry. She will make her third appearance at the state tournament, performing a piece titled Et Cum Spiritu Tuo by Karen Marie Minns. She also will be seeking her third straight state medal in poetry. Last year she brought home a second-place medal.
"Poetry had such a tough final round - unbelieveably tough," Letcher said. "Every judge who came out said they couldn't believe how awesome everyone was."
Despite the strength of the category, Murden received a pair of ones (the top performance) in the preliminaries and received three ones and a two from the four judges in the finals.
"She had an awesome night," Letcher added.
Meanwhile, Warner, a junior, will be making his first appearance at the state tournament. He captured a third-place finish in great speeches at Friday's section tournament. Warner analyzes a speech by Sen. Lowell Weicker called Prayer in Public Schools.
"He went into the finals in first place and did an excellent job," Letcher said. "From his critiques, it looked like he had a really solid night all the way through and was very consistent."
In the finals, he received ones from two judges and fours from two others.
For more on this story and two more state qualifiers from Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School, see the story on the Education page in the April 17 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands tomorrow.