By Deb Velder, NSAA Associate Director

The NSAA State Speech Championships hosted in Kearney have literally stood the test of time.  From tornados, power outages, blizzards, hail storms, balmy weather, the wind, and even sunny days, the support of the Kearney community has not wavered from their mission in providing the best experience for students, coaches, judges, volunteers and spectators.

Students stand by to see if they made the finals.

Over the two day event, close to 3,000 individuals find their way across the UNK campus in support of the activity.  Numerous buildings and many, many speaking rooms are needed and UNK graciously opens their doors for this event.

The hard work and dedication of individuals such as Lynelle Fritzen, Jake Jacobsen and Aaron Blackman are cornerstones to the success of this event in Kearney.