Acting experience helps Irish senior advance to state speech


Irish senior Joshua Medley will represent Maple Lake High School at the State Speech Meet on Saturday, April 22. Medley advanced by taking third in the Storytelling category. Above, he reads from one of the tales he told at sections. (Photos by Brenda Erdahl)

Joshua Medley is a natural storyteller.
He’s been told he has a rich, pleasant tone, and his knack for voices keeps his audience engaged. It’s no wonder the Maple Lake High School senior earned a spot at the State Speech Meet his first year out.
Medley advanced by finishing third out of nine storytellers at the Section 4A competition on Saturday, April 8, at Watertown-Mayer. He will compete against the best speakers in the state on Saturday, April 22, in Apple Valley.
An actor with some experience, Medley decided to give speech a try for the first time this year. It wasn’t easy.

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