The Pequot Lakes speech team placed fifth overall Saturday, Feb. 1, at the 59th annual Duluth Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament.

Edging out the Patriots in the top four spots were Chaska, Shakopee, Forest Lake and St. Michael-Albertville. Placing individually for the Patriots were:

  • Duo: Alexa Fyle and Sophie Littman (second).
  • Extemp Reading: Allison Francis (fifth).
  • Oratory: Mollie Pierson (fifth).
  • Poetry: Elena Grove (fifth), Tabitha Kibwaa (Ribbon of Excellence), Grace Jordan (Ribbon of Excellence).
  • POI: Megan Buffington (second).
  • Prose: Sidney Veit (fourth), Naarah Neumann (first Honor Final).
  • Informative: Grace Bonfig (fourth Honor Final), Myra Neumann (Ribbon of Excellence).
  • Great Speeches: Mollie Pierson (second Honor Final).
  • Extemp Speaking: Megan Buffington (first Honor Final), Hailey Halverson (Ribbon of Excellence).
  • Discussion: Bryce Fabian (Ribbon of Excellence).
  • Drama: Jin Dollete (third Honor Final), Kiley Newton (Ribbon of Excellence).

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Patriots traveled to Grand Rapids for a tournament, where they edged out Bemidji for first place.

Placing for the Patriots were:

  • Discussion: Jakob Sundstrom (fourth).
  • Drama: Ali Sommerness (second), Jin Dollete (fourth).
  • Duo: Alexa Fyle and Sophie Littman (second).
  • Extemp Speaking: Megan Buffington (second).
  • Informative: Megan Buffington (second), Grace Bonfig (third), Myra Neumann (fourth).
  • Oratory: Mollie Pierson (first), Naarah Neumann (second), Isaac Bittner (fifth).
  • Poetry: Elena Grove (first), Tabitha Kibwaa (seventh).
  • Prose: Naarah Neumann (fourth), Annabelle Ristow (seventh).