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PLHS speech team wins ribbons at challenging meet

The Pequot Lakes High School speech team attended one of the largest and most challenging meets of the season Saturday, Feb. 23 — the Bemidji Lumberjack Invitational.

The Lumberjack drew competitors from 27 schools. These teams fall into both the A and AA class of competition. In speech, Pequot Lakes falls into the smaller A class.

Because of the sheer number of entries, the team did not walk away with as many awards as normal, but still managed to capture a handful of ribbons.

In Dramatic Duo, Luke Fyle and Marissa Miller made the cut into the final round of competition resulting in a blue ribbon and seventh place.

Katie Northenscold and Allie Miller both received red ribbons in Creative Expression, and Miller received the additional honor of Novice Champion.

At the Lumberjack, an extra award was given to the novice speaker with the highest overall score. Novice speakers are those in 7th-9th grade or in their first year of speech. Abby Person took home a red ribbon and the Novice Champion for her category of Extemporaneous Reading, and Erin Brine-Doyle also received a red ribbon and Novice Champion for Serious Poetry.

This weekend the team will face a similar challenge in Walker.

Staples-Motley Invitational

The 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/Fyle, first; Mackenzie Renford/Emily Espeseth, red ribbon.

Creative Expression: Marissa Miller, second; 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: Person, blue ribbon.

Serious Poetry: Brine-Doyle, blue ribbon.

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

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 awards. Creative Expression: Allie Miller, first.

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

Dramatic Duo: Easton Hanson/Olivia Ellson and Olivia 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, Pequot Lakes hosted its own invitational.

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