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.