By Carter Phillips
When it was created during the 1800’s by such great writers as H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle, it was an imagination's outpour of things possible to come. Over a century later the genre's earliest iterations can still fill someone’s mind with the most splendid of visualizations.
When cinema began during the late 1800’s those visualizations came to life. Science fiction became magician turned filmmaker George Milies favorite ‘playground’ for his studio. The genre can be a way not only to image, but similar to horror, it can tackle contemporary issues as well as universal problems through use of metaphors.
Although the most pure of cinephiles may scoff at genre cinema, those who like to look up at the stars are treated with some of the greatest stories in all of film.
Forbidden Planet (1957)
Ad Adstra (2019)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
By Brooke Markworth
The Sheyenne Speech Team has always had amazing things to offer. But like all activities, this year has presented new challenges. However, the Speech Team has overcome these challenges and are excited for the upcoming national tournament. State qualifiers, Shinjini Chakraborty, Sricharan Kotala, Micha Ndayisenga, Grace Widjaja, shared their experiences with Speech.
Which events do you compete in?
Kotala: Entertain, Serious Prose, Persuade, and Humerous Duo.
Widjaja: Humerous, Entertain, EPR (Extemporaneous Programmed Reading), Poerty, POI (Programmed Oral Interp).
Ndayisenga: I compete mainly in Inform and Persuade, but I also have done Extemp and Radio.
Chakraborty: I mainly compete in the public speaking events of Persuade, Inform and Entertain. I also love the hybrid public/extemporaneous speaking event of radio.
How long have you been doing Speech?
Chakraborty: I’ve been in Speech since freshman year, but I wish I’d joined in 7th grade.
Widjaja: 5 years.
Ndayisenga: This is my 2nd year doing speech, I started my freshman year.
What is your favorite thing about Speech?
Ndayisenga: My favorite thing about Speech is that it can help you in so many other areas of your life, such as your research abilities, speaking abilities, and it has greatly improved my writing skills too.
Chakraborty: It’s hard to choose what aspect of speech is my favorite, but if I was forced to, I’d go with the fact that it gives individuals a platform to be heard. In a world that wants so desperately to stick to its status quo, it’s nice to have an environment where one advocate for all sorts of change.
Widjaja: We’re a tight knit family and I love each and every one of those people like my own children and relatives.
Kotala: My favorite thing is being able to test my speaking abilities at competitions and see other people laugh and become interested in my piece.
Would you recommend Speech to others? Why or why not?
Kotala: I would recommend, because the community we have is very engaging and has a creative atmosphere for all.
Widjaja: Of course. Every single one of our voices matter. We each have a unique story to tell and speech allows you to do just that. It isn’t getting up in front of an audience on a large stage, it’s just you, a couple of people, and your voice.
Ndayisenga: I would definitely recommend Speech to others, because our team truly feels like a family and everyone is so welcoming. It is also a great activity to help you become a better student and person overall by teaching you important lessons about hard work and dedication.
Chakraborty: I would absolutely recommend speech to others. It’s helped me grow as a person, as I’ve grown more inquisitive and open-minded from researching topics and listening to others. I’ve also become more confident and strong by speaking out for what I believe in. I’d like to see others experience the benefits I’ve seen. It’s never too late or early to join in this activity, as people of all skill levels can thrive if they work hard.
Why did you decide to join Speech?
Chakraborty: The reason I joined Speech is actually a bit funny. I joined debate first, then learned by paying for the activity fee, realized I could join Speech for free. The two activate a 2-for-1 deal, so I basically decided to join speech after debate, because I wouldn’t have to pay more for it. Despite the fact that I joined for a silly reason, I’m quite glad I did. I’ve met great friends and advisors in Speech.
Widjaja: I joined because of my cousin, who was a senior at the time, encouraged me to join as a seventh grader. But I stayed because of the experiences, the memories, and the people. Speech has allowed me to meet people from all across the state and even further beyond.
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