Welcome to the middle school home page. I am Shannon Hruska, the speech advisor.  I coach students to be trustworthy members of a group who are patient with each other while developing the characteristics of perseverance and positive self-esteem. Speech helps students become confident and develop their abilities to express themselves in an appropriate manner. Please contact me with your Speech questions using the email button (preferred) below.

What is Speech?


Speech is a Minnesota State High School League activity that has thirteen different divisions. For some divisions, you write your own speech and for others you use a piece of prose, poetry, or theatrical work created by another person.


February 1 to Mid-April

How to Participate 

Watch for school announcements for participation.  Members join from Late November to early December (but new students are welcome up until mid-March)

Needed Items

Students will need competition appropriate clothing (dress pants, dress shoes, and a dress shirt or blouse are sufficient) and perhaps some office supplies, depending on your category (a file organizing system for discussion and extemporaneous speaking, note cards for writing out introductions, writing utensil and folder for all categories)

Special Events

There is a "Speech Night" where speakers perform their speeches for family members and interested members of the community.

Parent Opportunities

Parent volunteers are needed when Sibley East hosts a speech meet. Working in the concession stand, keeping the judges/coaches room supplied and organized, running the draw categories, and transferring score sheets from the judges to the tabulation room are all things that could be done by parents.

State High School League Link: HERE



Contact: Shannon Hruska
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