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PLHS speech team to host invitational Feb. 26

Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Pequot Lakes speech team will host its own invitational. The event is open to the public and the first round of competition will begin at 4:15 p.m.

The Pequot Lakes High School speech team continued its pattern of success Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Staples-Motley Invitational, bringing home 17 total awards. Twelve of these awards were earned in a competitive final round that brings together the top eight speakers in each category.

Following are results:

Great Speeches: Charlie Box, third.

Dramatic Duo: Marissa Miller/Luke Fyle, first; Mackenzie Renford/Emily Espeseth, red ribbon.

Creative Expression: Miller, second; Katie Northenscold, blue; Renford, red ribbon.

Dramatic Interpretation: Angela Cole, first; Fyle, second; Michelle Mink and Breanna Rhodes, red ribbons.

Serious Prose: Ben Sullivan, first; Cole, third.

Informative: Vanessa Sellner, blue ribbon.

Extemporaneous Reading: Abby Person, blue ribbon.

Serious Poetry: Erin Brine-Doyle, blue ribbon.

Humorous Interpretation: Jacob Giedd, blue ribbon; Nova Kilbourne, red ribbon.

Saturday, Feb. 23, the team traveled to Bemidji for the Lumberjack Invitational.

Junior high

Though they are young, the Pequot Lakes junior high speech team is wasting no time proving it has talent. The Feb. 12 Junior High Invitational at Cass Lake-Bena sent the team home with a handful of well-earned awards.

Creative Expression: Allie Miller, first.

Humorous Interpretation: Giedd and Espeseth, both runners-up.

Dramatic Duo: Easton Hanson/Olivia Ellson and Oliva Stattleman/Brianna Craig, runners-up.

Extemporaneous Reading: Person, runner-up.

Serious Prose: Courtney Rock, runner--up.

Serious Poetry: Hannah Allen, runner up.

Informative: Sellner, third.

The success continued Tuesday night, Feb. 19, in Park Rapids with Allie Miller taking first in Creative Expression, Rhodes taking fourth in Dramatic Interpretation and Person taking third in Extemporaneous Reading.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.