Sully Buttes Oral Interp team members Taryn Kenzy and Lydia Hill flank Coach Melissa Marshall.

Lydia Hill earned a Superior rating for her Poetry solo at the State Oral Interp competition in Yankton last Friday-Saturday. Lydia along with Taryn Kenzy fell just short of earning a Superior for their Duet interpretation.

“I am so proud of the girls,” said Sully Buttes Oral Interp coach Melissa Marshall. “All the hours of practicing and being able to see their true passion for the arts – Oral Interp is alive and well at Sully Buttes.”

The State Oral Interpretation Festival, sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, brings together South Dakota’s best high school oral interpretation speakers in a “festival” setting. During the State Festival, the students compete to achieve a "Superior" rating which is the equivalent of a state championship in their contest event. State Oral Interpretation Festival competition is divided into seven contest events: Non-Original Oratory, Interpretation of Serious Reading, Storytelling, Poetry Reading, Humorous Reading, Duet Interpretation, and Readers Theatre.