The Pine River-Backus High School speech team gave a strong performance Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Grand Rapids, with several competitors placing.

Kansas Tilbury took first place for informative speaking, Randall Yost took first place for storytelling, and Cody Deplazes and Yost took first place in dramatic duo.

Alayna Sabas and Molly Adkins took third place in dramatic duo, and Miqaella Williams claimed a ribbon of excellence in poetry.