New Hampton speech has a big day at state

Students bring home four Division I ratings

New Hampton High School speech coach Kassie Bercik couldn’t have asked for any more from her state qualifiers Saturday.

Six acts, all of which got at least one Division I rating, four overall Division I ratings and three “straight I” ratings. That’s a pretty good day.

“I’m not sure how long it’s been, but I know it has been quite a few years since we had all of our groups come away with at least one Division I rating from a judge,” Bercik said. “In such a crazy year, it was so rewarding to see the kids perform at their best at state.”

At the state large-group speech contest, each group performs in front of three judges. If at least two judges give the group a Division I rating, their overall rating is a one.

— For more on this story, see the Feb. 9 Tribune

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