Blue Jays Claim Region 9 Speech Title

Ray – The Stanley Blue Jays took home the Region 9 Speech Championship on Saturday. The title was the first for the Blue Jays since 1995.

In addition to the team title, the Blue Jays also had 8 individuals qualify for the State Speech Meet: Remington Nohr, Keith Braddock, Hannah Erie, Travis Dean, Zachariah Ebsch, Chase Huelle, Jace Ruud, and Ben Wing.

Stanley Region 9 Speech Champions (2018)
Stanley Region 9 Speech Champions (2018) – Photo by Ian Grande

Stanley Speech Director Katie Harwood was justifiable thrilled with her team’s effort. “This team is comprised of some class acts,” said Harwood. “We have some of the best talent I have seen around, and we have gotten many compliments from other coaches, other schools, and the general public on how well these speakers have done in their individual events.”

The future looks bright for the Stanley Blue Jay Speech program. “Our team has thirteen junior high kids,” said Stanley Speech Director Katie Harwood. “I’m very excited we have some great talent coming up through the ranks, including a 7th grader Ben Wing who has done what few 7th graders in the past have done—qualify for state, in both of his events too.”

Harwood was quick to mention the contribution that assistant coaches Robert Anderson and Carter Hill made this season, “This year, we took 21 kids to regionals, and have the most in my coaching career going to state,” said Harwood. “Robert coaches our students from Powers Lake. We were also blessed to have Carter around so we can split up kids and spend quality time focusing on their speeches.  I have felt extremely blessed this year with great kids, coaches, and support from parents and staff.  The community has also been supportive, as we have an increase of interested speech judges from outside the school and in the community.  This truly has been a wonderful season, I am looking forward to state, and feel very blessed.”

The NDHSAA State Speech Meet will be held in Mandan on April 28th.

Stanley Blue Jay Individual Results

Remington Nohr—

1st place Speech to Inform Champion (state qualifier)

Remington Nohr and Keith Braddock—

1st place Humorous Duo Champions (state qualifiers)

Keith Braddock and Hannah Erie—

2nd place Serious Duo (state qualifiers)

Hannah Erie—

4th place Serious Prose (state qualifier)

Travis Dean—

1st place Radio Broadcasting Champion (state qualifier)

1st place Speech to Persuade Champion (state qualifier)

Zachariah Ebsch—

2nd place Poetry (state qualifier)

5th place Speech to Inform

Chase Huelle—

2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking (state qualifier)

2nd place Speech to Persuade (state qualifier)

Jace Ruud and Ben Wing—

2nd place Humorous Duo (state qualifiers)

Ben Wing—

2nd place Humorous Interp (state qualifier)

Jace Ruud—

4th place Speech to Inform (state qualifier)

Macee Jones—

3rd place Extemporaneous Speaking

4th place Speech to Persuade

Malachi Braddock—

4th place Extemporaneous Speaking

4th place Radio Broadcasting

Cal Sorenson—

5th place Extemporaneous Speaking

3rd place Speech to Entertain

Steven Chippewa—

7th place Impromptu

Colt Nohr—

7th place Speech to Entertain

Kaydence Vachal—

5th place Humorous Interp

Jacob Littlefield—

6th place Speech to Entertain

Kya Kraft—

4th place Speech to Entertain

Alex Ruud—

7th place Speech to Inform

Kya Kraft and Alex Ruud—

8th place Serious Duo

Logan Ruud—

7th place Speech to Persuade

Larissa Klitzke—

7th place Poetry

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email

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