Congratulations, STV Speech Team 2020
"If you're brave enough to start, you're strong enough to finish"
Thirty-nine St. Veronica junior high students not only had the courage to "start" Speech Team, but they excelled all the way to the finish line. This year's team, the largest since Speech Team began in 1984, practiced for a month after school in order to perfect their speeches. They then entertained the students here at St Veronica before traveling to six area schools plus Parents Night. At Parents Night, team members were presented with their team plaques and shirts. What an accomplished, amazing group of STV students!
When asked to comment on their Speech Team experiences, the students answered:
"Best thing I ever did at St Veronica."
"I LOVED it all!"
"I liked it all; I will cherish these memories forever."
"I liked the compassion of the Speech Team. At the beginning, we were just a bunch of kids who barely knew each other. By the end, we had become family."
"I liked the constant support and encouragement from the coaches . . . and the food!"
"I liked how Speech Team made you step out of your comfort zone; I believe I can tackle anything now."
"I can't believe I'm saying this, but I liked performing in front of a lot of people!"
"I liked getting to know the 8th grade . . .would never have happened without Speech Team."
"My parents were amazed that I could do this!"
"It was like one big happy family."
"I'm shy . . .or I thought I was. Not anymore!"
"Best experience of my life."
"I would 100% do this again!"
"I wish Speech Team lasted longer."
"I liked it better than sports . . .really can't believe I'm saying that but it's true."
"It was so much fun and rewarding. I'll never be afraid of anything again."
Much thanks to this year's dedicated coaches: Kelsey Fallon, Tracey Peavley, Kay Hohner-Stefanics, Kathie Kayser Lacy,
Becky Vontsolos, Michelle Trefz, Ian Rose, and Abby Jarrold.
Congratulations to the following Speech Team members:
(8th grade) Matthew Barnard, Samantha Bell, Audrey Beverly,
Tyler Buchanan, Emma Buehner, Caroline Cole, Paige Davidson, Luke Dietrich, Avery Dunn, Jack Durand, Isa Frigon, Aidan Garvin, Lucas Hannah, Henry Harmon, Carly Heilmann, Julia Koch,
Izzy Kofalt, Evelyn Krumm, Heidi Limbacher, Sean McManus, Alex Smith
(7th grade) Sarah Bell, Julia Cheek, Stefan Crist, Kennedy Dehner, Kenzie Dehner, Adeline Durgin, Ethan Feeney, Ryley Heilmann, Bryson Heller, Sophie Humphries, Matthew Irvine, Tyler Lorenzen, Megan McConnell, Sierra Rahe, Brandon Sizemore, Justin Smith, Keira Smith, MacKenzie Specht