Jeremiah Cox, of the Chaska Speech Team, recently competed at the NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) National Tournament in Dallas, Texas in the Informative Speaking category.

The event is the largest of the national tournaments for speech and the most difficult to qualify for, according to a Chaska Speech press release.

The preliminary rounds of Informative Speaking began with approximately 235 speakers from across the country. After six preliminary rounds, Jeremiah advanced to the the octafinal round (top 60). As the tournament continued throughout the week, Jeremiah continued to advance. He advanced to the semifinal round of the the Top 14.

After the two semifinal rounds of competition, Jeremiah’s journey ended with a 10th place finish in the nation, as well as now being automatically qualified for the NSDA National Tournament next year.

“This is a historic accomplishment because as far back as we know, Chaska Speech has not had a student advance this far at this national tournament,” the press release stated.

With the tournament complete, the 2018-19 speech season has officially come to a close.

“It has been an incredible journey for the entire team and coaching staff,” the release stated.

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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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