Fridley High School's Bergman takes State Championship in Speech
Posted 05/18/2017 02:31PM
Margaret ‘Maggie’ Bergman, a senior at Fridley High School, has been crowned Minnesota's State Speech Champion in Class AA for Extemporaneous Reading.
The state tournament was held at Apple Valley High School on Friday, April 21, 2017. Students participating at the state competition had previously ranked in the top three of their respective sections. Bergman had won first place for Section 4AA. Heading to state, she competed against 24 others in her category, making it to the final round of eight before taking top honors.
“I knew I’d done my best in the final round, but never thought I would win,” Bergman said. “I was in shock!”
Speech coach and English teacher at Fridley High School, Alexa Bailey, called Bergman ‘graceful’ in all that she does. Bergman’s selection for competition was taken from the book The Book Thief. Bailey underscored the difficulty of the subject.
“The story itself is very sad and dark; it’s narrated by death,” Bailey said. “For someone to eloquently portray that book, it takes a certain, special someone. Maggie is just outstanding in her performance of it.”
Bergman completed her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in her junior year. As a senior, she has been attending at the University of Minnesota through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. She will attend the Boston Conservatory starting in the fall, majoring in musical theater.