Chaska Speech

Chaska Speech Team members who broke into a final or semifinal round at the NSDA National Qualifier Tournament include, front row, from left: Lucy Browning, Aravis Pennucci, Evelyn Chock, Ekaanth Veerakumar, Josiah Chock; second row: Jeremiah Cox, Kendall Benson, Connor Eaton and Joe Klinker.

The Chaska Speech Team recently had a busy week.

Jeremiah Cox qualified for the NSDA National Tournament in Dallas on March 12. Cox is the fourth Chaska High School student in team history to qualify for the NDSA.

And, at the Roseville "Rosebowl" Invitational Tournament, the team's last regular season tournament, Chaska Speech had four entries advancing to the final round from the semifinal round, the most in recent history. The team finished in ninth place, out of 22 teams. 

"The team continues to be extremely proud of its success, and as Jeremiah heads to nationals he has a whole team behind him. This season has been all about lifting one another up, celebrating accomplishments, and focusing on the importance of teamwork. This team has really become a family, and this family could not be more proud of themselves and each other," stated a press release.

March 21, the team will head to Mankato East High School to compete in subsections. The top nine finishers at subsections will advance to the Section 2AA tournament on April 6.

NSDA National Qualifier Tournament finals: Jeremiah Cox, 2nd in Informative; Jeremiah Cox, 5th in Original Oratory; Evelyn Chock, 6th in Humor; Joe Klinker and Connor Eaton, 6th in Duo. Qualified for Nationals: Jeremiah Cox in Informative.


Merit Finals: Kian O'Connor, 4th in Original Oratory.

Consolation Finals: Joe Klinker and Connor Eaton, 2nd in Duo; Jeremiah Cox, 2nd in Original Oratory; Kennedi Evenson, 4th in Original Oratory.

Honor Finals: Evan Schwarz, 1st in Creative Expression; Sadie Oster, 5th in Creative Expression; Josiah Chock and Evelyn Chock, 5th in Duo; Lucy Browning and Kendall Benson, 6th in Duo; Jeremiah Cox, 1st in Informative; Cyn-Wei Tan, 2nd in Prose; Josiah Chock, 2nd in Storytelling.

Finals: Kate Boerbon, 6th in Creative Expression.

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.


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