This past weekend, the South Central College Speech Team made the short trip to Bethel College in Arden Hills, Minnesota to compete in the 29th Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament, and came away as the Small Schools State Champion.

The Small Schools category is determined by the number of entrants in the competition.  As a result, South Central College competed with St. Olaf College, College of St. Benedict, Carleton College, St. John’s University and others, and came out on top. South Central is the only community college in the state with a competitive speech team.

The top individual placement for SCC came with Anna Kelley’s second place in Prose Interpretation, just behind last year’s national champion in this category from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a sixth place in Poetry Interpretation. Rebekah Buege had a fifth place showing in Poetry Interpretation and shared a third place Duo Interpretation finish with Kelley.

Other team members contributing points to the college’s Small Schools State Champion win were first-year team members Tess Drager and Ashly Kingery.

Brian Klosa, Communications Instructor and founding Speech Team Director five years ago, said “I have been involved in college speech competition for almost twenty years and have witnessed some great accomplishments by my students and programs with which I have been associated during this time. However, this accomplishment feels the best. Hopefully this will be the first championship of many to come in the future.”

The South Central College Speech Team will participate in a few other team competitions before the national tournament in April.