BBrian Klosay Brian Klosa, Speech Instructor

Greetings everyone

This past weekend the tiny South Central College Speech traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire to compete in the annual American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

I am exceedingly happy to report that after a very long three days of competition, South Central College took second place in the community college division at this very prestigious and difficult tournament.

Only one student, Anna Kelley, earned the right to compete at this tournament and represent SCC. Anna competed in Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation and Drama Interpretation. Anna held her own against some of the best programs and students in the country. In each round, there are two judges. In one of her events, Prose, Anna received first place from both judges in one of her rounds. While this is outstanding in its own right, making it even more incredible is that the eventual national champion was in that round with her.

While Anna did not receive a national quarter finalist award, she was incredibly close. Her best event was prose and out of 146 people entered, she tied for 34th place. The top 24 students, after three preliminary rounds and six judges scores advance to the national quarter final round. Had Anna gotten one rank higher from just one of her judges, SCC would have had its first national quarter finalist.

So when our school name was called for second place in community college division we were shocked to say the least. Without the quarter finalist spot, I didn’t think we could pull it off. But Anna had earned enough points to make this happen. I am very proud of Anna and her work. While I wish more of the team could have qualified for the tournament, Anna represented us with the utmost professionalism.

On Thursday, April 18, Anna will be performing her prose piece at the Liberal Arts SCC Foundation Extravaganza. Needless to say, our guests are in for a special treat!! Later this month, the speech team will be presenting our annual showcase of events to the public and potential high school recruits to our team.

I have said this before but thank you to the all the faculty, administrators and staff who have helped us out over this year. Anna’s performance is just another example of the talented students who walk our halls. I know other student organizations have also had success at their state, regional and national competitions. SCC is not just some rinky dink little school tucked away in Southern Minnesota. We are a force to be reckoned with in our various competitions.

Brian Klosa
Speech Instructor
Speech and Debate Team Director
South Central College

April 9th – 11th

North Mankato MN – Nine Hundred- eighty students competed in this year’s State SkillsUSA Conference in seventy-seven competitive events. The conference was held in Minneapolis April 9-11, 2010.

South Central College North Mankato Campus had thirty-five students and five instructors/advisors participate. Twenty-five of the students placed in the top 4.

SCC instructors/advisors attending included: Jeff Fischer, Todd Huxford, Al Kunz, Jon Morgan, and Jay Winters

SCC North Mankato will have ten students attend The SkillsUSA National Conference held in Kansas City MO. June 21st through 25th.

SkillsUSA Minnesota is a leadership organization for students in career and technical programs. Students participate in leadership and skills competition at local, state and national levels where they build and reinforce technical skills, self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. The contests were held in the following nine career and technical education cluster areas: arts and communication; construction; health services; legal and protective services; hospitality; human services; manufacturing; science, engineering and technology; and transportation.

Students proceeding to Nationals (State Officers and 1st Place winners):

State Officers: Mike Day, State SkillsUSA Reporter, Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)
  Bryan Olson, State SkillsUSA Secretary, Lonsdale (Computer Integrated Machining)
  Tim Brown, State SkillsUSA Historian, Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)
1st Place:

Automated Manufacturing Technology:
Derek Deling Janesville (Computer Integrated Machining)
Jim Walser New Ulm (Computer Integrated Machining),
Eric Zins North Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining)

Collision Repair Technology:
Kyle Habinger-Burris Mankato (Auto Collision/Auto Services)

Job Skills Demo:
Erik Huxford Janesville (Computer Integrated Machining)

Job Interview:
Roman Thapa Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)

State SkillsUSA Pin Design:
Logan Wilberts New Ulm (Commercial Technical Art)

State Only Contest:
Safety: Connie Berger Mankato (Mechatronics)

2nd Place:

Job Interview:
Tim Brown Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining)

Community Service:
Tim Brown Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining),
Dan Ewert Mankato (Mechatronics),
Andy Gould Mankato (Child Development Careers)

Automated Manufacturing Technology:
Mike Bunde Amboy (Computer Integrated Machining),
Silas Mauk Waterville (Computer Integrated Machining),
Bryan Olson Lonsdale (Computer Integrated Machining)

Quiz Bowl:
Mark Christian Le Center (Computer Integrated Machining),
Garrett Gieseke Fairmont (Computer Integrated Machining),
Pat Holicky Le Center (Computer Integrated Machining),
Steve Kaufman Le Sueur (Computer Integrated Machining),
Brandon Kiehm Delavan (Computer Integrated Machining)

David Flicek Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining),
Jon Smith St. James (Computer Integrated Machining),
Roman Thapa Waseca (Computer Integrated Machining),
Trevor Weaver Mankato (Mechatronics)

Customer Service:
Andy Gould Mankato (Child Development Careers)

3rd Place:

Chapter Display:
Silas Mauk Waterville (Computer Integrated Machining),
Cody McCall Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining),
Jon Smith St. James (Computer Integrated Machining)

State SkillsUSA Pin Design:
Jessica Scheuer Saint Cloud (Commercial Technical Art)

Bryan Seifert Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining)

CNC Turning:
Bryan Seifert Mankato (Computer Integrated Machining)

4th Place:

Neil Brooks Fairfax (Computer Integrated Machining)

CNC Turning:
Mike Bunde Amboy (Computer Integrated Machining)

Job Skills Demo:
Dan Ewert Mankato (Mechatronics)

Collision Repair Technology:
Derek Bair Alden (Auto Collision)

Job Skills Demonstration:
Shawn Hagen New Ulm (Computer Integrated Machining)

Job Interview:
Logan Wilberts New Ulm (Commercial Technical Art)