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2016-2017 Captains and Council:
Captains: Andy Baran, Jesse Bissen, Natalie Cumming, Ella Gagne.
Leadership Council:  Alex Berger, Elaina Henderson,  Shane Hewitt, Caroline Koehl and Nate Schultz.

Social Council: Ashley Clemens, Lauren Eckhoff, Harrison Lindbloom.


Coaches: Julie McMerty and Barb Shofner--Co Head Coaches
Assistant Coaches: , Anne Harbison(Show Doctor), Michelle Naylor, Harley Pierce-Ramsdell, Whitney Magnuson,  Ginny Sherrill, Steve Ruedisili, Amanda Soczynski, Tex Ostvig, Nicolle Berg, and Valerie Thies. Consultants: Cadi Kadlecek, Kris Kracht,  Aurora Vautrin, Jason Davidson, and judge trainer/ judge placer - Deb Ludowese.



Orono Minnesota State High School League Speech Team

Parents and Team Members,

Please keep in mind that our speakers who are competing in other in other MSHSL activities or school clubs or community events, are still allowed to compete on our team. We realize these speakers may not be able to compete in all of the tournaments. We accommodate varying schedules as long as these speakers’ desire to compete is sincere and their practices with coaches are consistent.

However, if a team member wants to earn a school letter he or she must:

  • Compete in at least five tournaments.

  • Practice with his or her coach once a week.

  • Be recommended to letter by their coach.

  • Perform in the speech team showcase.

  • Compete, if selected, at the Wright County Conference Speech Tournament.

  • Compete, if selected, at the MSHSL Sub Section and/or Section 6AA Tournament. 

  • Compete the MSHSL State Speech Tournament if you advance from Sections.

  • Those who are not selected to compete at the WCC, or the MSHSL Section or State Tournaments need to observe at one of the following: the MSHSL Section, State or at the National Speech and Debate qualifying tournaments.


Traveling Team

These team members must have competed for at least one year, earned a school letter and have been recommended by the coaches.


We are excited to say that on January 21st, Orono will co-host with Mound Westonka our first annual Odyssey Speech Tournament.




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