Sydney Turner, a Chaska High School senior, was named the 2021 MSHSL AA Poetry Champion at the state speech tournament on April 23.

“Sydney has been in speech for four years and has put in a significant amount of work to every year to earn this title,” stated a Chaska Speech press release.

Poetry speeches consist of a number of individual poetry pieces, carefully selected by the student and delivered as a Poetry Program. The student cuts the individual pieces, taking parts of each piece to build their program around a single topic.

Turner’s program focused on the stigmas and realities of mental illness for black women in America.

Turner placed first in five of the 11 tournaments this season. She placed either 2nd or 3rd in five other tournaments.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.