Minnesota State High School League’s competitive speech program is open to eligible students in grades 7-12. Grade 6 students may join the speech team and compete in any JV invitational, as well as several varsity invitationals but will not be eligible for post-season contests.
Advisor/Coach Name and Contact Information:
Varsity Coach: Jack Gritzmacher ( jgritzmacher@egschools.org )
Varsity Assistant Coach: Chris Chad ( cchad@egschools.org )
Length of Season
Invitational speech meets for both varsity and junior varsity begin the middle of January and continue throughout the post-season elimination tournaments, ending in mid-April.
Important Speech Calendar Dates (see attached Speech Calendar)
October 17, 2016 – JV & Varsity Sign-up
Monday, October 24, 2016 – First Monday evening (6:30 pm) TEAM PRACTICE.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Grand Rapids Early Bird Invitational (FIRST MEET)
Saturdays, January 28 - March 25, 2017 – Varsity Invitationals
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Bear Cub JV Invitational (FIRST JV MEET - at home)
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – The Golden Bear Speech Extravaganza (EGHS/Franklin)
Friday, March 31, 2017 – MSHSL Sub-Section 7A-2 tournament at EGHS
Monday, April 10, 2017 – MSHSL Section 7A tournament at Marshall School in Duluth
April 21 & 22, 2017 – MSHSL State tournament at Apple Valley HS
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Speech/Drama Awards Party (Virginia Bowling Gardens)
Practice Sessions  (see attached Lettering Criteria)
Every speech student is expected to meet with his/her coach ONCE per week.
>One team practice session per week: EGHS – Monday evening at 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm.
>Students must practice with a coach once per week, either at team practice or individually.
Speech Sign-Up
Monday, October 17th is SIGN-UP DAY! Listen for details on the school announcements.
Fees: Grades 6-8…$35; Grades 9-12…$75 (Fees must be paid by December 5th, 2017)
What else should I know?
Did you know that Oprah was a shy freshman in high school when she joined speech?  By the time she was a senior, she became a STATE CHAMPION! Now look at her. She credits her success in life to her high school speech experience.
Don’t worry about other conflicts, such as sports. Speech has a flexible schedule.
More info at http://goldenbeardrama.com/speech/
*Motivational Skills      *Research Skills                               *Learn the Value of Logic in Argumentation
*Self-Confidence         *Improve Presentational Skills           *Enhance future in College and Career
*Organizational Skills   *Learn to Value Analysis                  *Looks Great on a Resume

Contact: Jack Gritzmacher