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Middle School Students Perform Well at Cornbelt Junior High Oral Interp Contest

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                Menno Middle School students performed well at the Cornbelt Conference Junior High Oral Interpretation contest on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Menno High School.  Those receiving Top Superiors were Layne Schmidt (8th Serious) and Maggie Miller (7th Serious).  Receiving Superior ratings were Josie Stokes (8th Oratory), Madelyn Kludt (8th Poetry), and Kaelie Derby (7th Poetry).  Receiving Excellent ratings were Chloe Sluzevich (8th Humorous), Paige Swanson (7th Oratory), and Isaac Fergen (7th Humorous).

                “I am extremely proud of the work these young people,” said Coach Betsy Knodel.  “It is not easy getting up and speaking in front of others. They worked hard on their selections and it paid off in the end.  I look forward to some great high school interpreters coming from this group of young people. ”


Menno High School Oral Interp Students Compete in State Festival

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On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the duet team of Logan Klaudt and Jaedyn Oplinger competed against twelve other teams from across the state at the South Dakota Oral Interpretation Festival on the grounds of T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre.  Although the duet team did not earn a superior ranking at state, they gave a great performance in their duet entitled “If I Could Script a Date.”  Their coach, Betsy Knodel, said, “Logan and Jaedyn have great chemistry when working together interpreting and acting.”  This sentiment was what one of the judges noticed and said, “You do a good job of talking and listening and you balance each other well.”  Although they did not receive a superior, Logan and Jaedyn represented Menno High School with a great performance.  

In the afternoon, it was Logan Klaudt’s time to compete in the oratory division.  Logan was the second speaker out of fifteen in Class “B” nonoriginal oratory.  His selection was the Jimmy Valvano speech at the ESPY Awards when he received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.  Logan received an overall score of 22 from the three judges which put him just one point shy of a superior rating.  However, one of the judges stated, “As I watch and hear you speak, I can see myself listening to the coach delivering this speech to the ESPY audience. It's terrific! I really should offer you a constructive remark, but I simply thought this was the perfect speech for an outstanding speaker. In short, job well done. I could listen to you all day. This is truly superior with distinction.”  His coach, Betsy Knodel, added, “I am very proud of Logan and feel so blessed to have been able to work with him the last six years in speech activities. I know that Logan will use these skills for the rest of his life, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

The final speaker from Menno High School for the day was Hilaray Wade in Class “B” serious.  Her selection was entitled “Multiple Personality Murder” where she depicted a woman who had been abused and had taken on multiple personalities.  One of her judges commented, “…nice variation in child character.”  Hilaray competed as the third speaker of the afternoon in a field of 15 speakers.  “I am very proud of her for taking on such a difficult and demanding selection and making it come to life. I expect a lot more from Hilaray in the future.



Menno High School Oral Interp Students Compete in District and Regional Contests:

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Menno High School Oral Interpretation students participated in the District III-B contest held on the campus of DWU in Mitchell on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.  Those presenting were Logan Klaudt – Oratory; Devin Rich – Storytelling; Kyle Kyriss – Humorous; Hilaray Wade– Dramatic; Kia Ahalt – Poetry; Logan Klaudt and Jaedyn Oplinger– Duet; and Sam Bender, Logan Klaudt, Kiara Nusz, Jaedyn Oplinger, Tess Oplinger, and Eisley Sayler – Readers Theater. 

Of those students competing, Jaedyn Oplinger and Logan Klaudt advanced to region competition with their duet entitled “If I Could Script a Date.”  Also going on to regions were the Readers Theater team of Sam Bender, Logan Klaudt, Kiara Nusz, Jaedyn Oplinger, Tess Oplinger, and Eisley Sayler with their selection “Flight 212 to LA.” In individual events, Logan Klaudt advanced with his oratory selection “The Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award Speech,” Kia Ahalt advanced with her poetry selection “Separation,” and Hilaray Wade went on with her serious selection “Multiple Personality Murder.” Kyle Kyriss was chosen as an alternate with his humorous selection “Roy Rob Tuttle’s Sermon for Success,” and Devin Rich was chosen alternate in storytelling with her selection “The Cold Weather Cowdog Blues.”

On Tuesday, November 13, 2015 the Region II-B contest was held in Mitchell at the First United Methodist church beginning at 8:30.  Qualifying for state competition were Logan Klaudt with his oratory selection “The Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award Speech,” Hilaray Wade with her serious selection “Multiple Personality Murder,” and Jaedyn Oplinger and Logan Klaudt’s duet entitled “If I Could Script a Date.” 

State competition will take place in Watertown on November 30 and December 1.  Logan and Jaedyn will perform their duet on Saturday, December 1 at Watertown High School at 9:00 A.M.  Hilaray and Logan’s individual events will be held on Saturday, December 1 at Watertown High School beginning at 1:30 P.M.  The contest is free and open to the public.


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Congratulations to Logan and Hilaray on their performances at the state tournament.

Klaudt and Wade Compete at State Oral Interp Festival

 

On Friday, December 2, 2017, Logan Klaudt and Hilaray Wade competed in the South Dakota State Oral Interp Festival at Aberdeen Central High School in Aberdeen.  Logan was the fourth speaker out of fifteen in Class “B” poetry. Logan Klaudt competed in the poetry division with his selection entitled “Until We Meet Again” by Shane Cole.  His selection was about young man who was struggling with the death of his grandfather.  Although Logan received an excellent rating from the judges, he received a composite score of 22 which was two points short of receiving a superior at the festival.  Kim Bartling, one of the judges stated, “You are blessed with a beautiful, rich vocal tool.”   Another judge, Kristine Hayes, said, “…powerful final message…thank you for sharing this material.  Your committed delivery shows its importance to you.”

In the afternoon, it was Hilaray Wade’s turn to speak.  Hilaray was the 15th speaker out of fifteen in Class “B” serious reading.  Hilaray’s selection was entitled “Sister of Mercy” by Clyde Hendrickson.  Her selection was about a young girl who tells the story of her brother’s military funeral that was interrupted by protesters and her reaction to what they did.  Although Hilaray received an excellent rating from the judges, she received a composite score of 21 which was one point shy of receiving a superior at the festival.  Trisha Burke, a judge, commented, “You have fabulous anger.  Good empathy…Thank you for a solid performance.”  Another judge, Jennifer Ell, talked about Hilaray’s excellent eye contact and great characterizations.

 “I am very proud of both of them,” said Betsy Knodel.  “Logan and Hilaray gave the best performances of their seasons and I both had challenging selections with good messages.   They received compliments from other coaches and competitors.  I’m wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see them both competing at state again next year.” 


Menno High School Oral Interp Students Compete in District Contest

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Menno High School Oral Interpretation students participated in the district contest held on the campus of DWU in Mitchell on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Those presenting were Breanna Mehlhaf – Oratory; Devin Rich – Storytelling; Hilaray Wade – Dramatic; Logan Klaudt – Poetry; Kyle Kyriss – humorous;  Kiara Nusz and Jaedyn Oplinger– Duet; and Jaedyn Oplinger, Tess Oplinger, and Eisley Sayler - Readers Theater. 

Of those students competing, the Readers Theater team of Jaedyn Oplinger, Tess Oplinger, and Eisley Sayler with their selection “Mirror Monologues” advanced onto region competition.  In individual events, Logan Klaudt advances with his poetry selection “Until We Meet Again,” Kyle Kyriss goes on with his humorous selection “Boys Will Be Boys,” Devin Rich continues with her selection “The Dog Wolf,” and Hilaray Wade progresses with her serious selection “Sister of Mercy.”  Those competing but not advancing are Breanna Mehlhaf with her oratory selection “Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals” and the duet of Jaedyn Oplinger and Kiara Nusz entitled “Ditzies.”  

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 the Region II-B contest will be held in Mitchell on the DWU campus beginning at 8:30.  The contest is open to the public at no charge. 



MHS Oral Interp Students Compete in Region II-B Contests: Klaudt and Wade Advance to State

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Menno High School Oral Interpretation students participated in the Region II-B contest held on the campus of DWU in Mitchell on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017.  Those presenting were Devin Rich – storytelling; Logan Klaudt – poetry; Kyle Kyriss – humorous; Hilaray Wade – serious; and Jaedyn Oplinger, Tess Oplinger, and Eisley Sayler – readers theater. 

Of those students competing, those who advance to state competition were Logan Klaudt who advances with his poetry selection “Until We Meet Again” and Hilaray Wade who advances with her serious selection “Sister of Mercy.”  Devin Rich is the alternate for storytelling and the readers theater team is also the alternate. 

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Logan will present his selection at Aberdeen Central High School beginning at 9 A.M.  Hilaray will present her selection at the afternoon session beginning at 1:30 P.M. at Aberdeen Central High School.   The event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the state festival you can go to sdhsaa.com .




Menno Oral Interp Students Compete and Win at Mount Marty Contest

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Eighteen Menno High School oral interpretations students competed at Mt. Marty College on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the 2nd Place Contest.  Students presented their selections twice in the morning to vie for a place in the final rounds held in the afternoon sessions.

Those who represented Menno High School were Paige Dyk, Brady Fergen, and Hannah Fischer in poetry; Kia Ahalt, Madelyn Heckenlaible, and Kyle Kyriss in humorous; Sydney Simon in serious; Devin Rich in storytelling; Jaedyn Oplinger and Kiara Nusz, Hilaray Wade and Sydney Simon, Hilaray Wade and Carly Herrboldt, and Paige Dyk and Caden Fischer in duet; and Eisley Sayler, Jaedyn Oplinger, and Tess Oplinger as the junior readers theater team and Kyle Kyriss, Brady Fergen, Adrian Nusz, and Carly Herrboldt as the freshmen readers theater team. 

Five of the fifteen events competed in the final round.  The junior readers theater team received first place for the “B” schools and the freshmen team received second place.  Kyle Kyriss received first place in the humorous “B” school division.  Devin Rich competed in the storytelling final and received fourth place, and the duet team of Kiara Nusz and Jaedyn Oplinger received fourth place. 

“It has been a great year for the team, and I couldn’t be happier with the results of the contest at Mt. Marty,” head coach Betsy Knodel stated.  “Now it is time to focus on the state festival in Aberdeen this weekend when Logan Klaudt and Hilaray Wade complete in poetry and serious respectively.” 


Middle School Oral Interp

Middle School Students Performs Well at Cornbelt Junior High Oral Interp Contest

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Back row (l to r) Starr Kocourek, Grace Nusz, Bridget Vaith, and Anna Kludt.  Front row:  Halle VanHove, Madelyn Kludt, Layne Schmidt, and Brooklynn Mettler.


        Menno Middle School students performed well at the Cornbelt Conference Junior High Oral Interpretation contest on Thursday, March 1 at Hanson High School in Alexandria.  Those receiving top superiors were Anna Kludt (8th poetry), Starr Kocourek (8th humor), and Bridget Vaith (8th dramatic).  Those receiving a superior were Madelyn Kludt (7th poetry) and Halle VanHove (7th humor).  Grace Nusz (8th oratory) and Brooklynn Mettler (7th oratory) received excellent ratings, and Layne Schmidt (7th dramatic) received a good rating.  They competed against students from Bridgewater/Emery, Freeman, and Hanson.

        “I am extremely proud of the work these young women did for the competition,” said Coach Betsy Knodel.  “It takes a lot of practice and confidence to get in front of a crowd and bring someone else’s literary work to life.”

 


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