Skip To Main Content
Wayzata Public Schools will be closed for students for the remainder of the school year. Online learning began for our students on Monday, April 6. Visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 Response Plan page for more information about Online Learning Plans, Meals for Students in Need, and Childcare for Emergency Personnel. Updated Thursday, April 23 at 3:28 p.m.


Description of activity: Students have a great time choosing from 13 different competitive speech events to prepare and present in inter-scholastic contests. Whether a student is interested in drama, current events, persuasive speaking or creative expression, there is something to spark your interest!

Where to go for more information: Jerrod Nelson, Emily Miller

Length of season: The first team meetings for new students take place in mid October and the State Speech Tournament takes place in April.

Practice and/or meeting times: The team meets as a whole one day a month after school. Beyond that, students sign up for individual work sessions with coaches at least once a week. Since we coach one on one, the days can be pretty flexible.

Practice and/or meeting site: Wayzata High School in one of the coaches' rooms.

Competitions: Competitions take all day Saturday. Compete in approximately nine Saturday meets. The section tournament is on a weeknight in March. Speakers who qualify attend the state meet in April. Students also may compete in a national qualifying tournament in March. National Tournaments are held in May and June.

Eligibility requirements: Members must be making satisfactory progress towards graduation and meet team expectations. Meet the MSHSL and Wayzata Public Schools Eligibility Requirements.

Average number of members: 75.

Costs and/or needed equipment: Participation fee is $105 through the EPay system.

Awards criteria & type of awards: NSDA membership. Lettering criteria is determined by the coaches. Students may win trophies at tournaments.

Student leadership: Team captains and individual event leaders.