The Pequot Lakes High School speech season drew to a close Saturday, April 24, with senior Megan Buffington finishing third in the state meet in extemporaneous speaking.

The meet was done virtually. In the final round, Buffington had to answer the question, “Is the worst still to come with the latest COVID-19 surge?”

“At the time, I thought the question was a little outdated,” Buffington said. “The surge we had been having was kind of coming to an end already … But I spoke about how we came to this surge and what was causing it. I also spoke on how this surge was different because of vaccination rates going up and things like that.”

In her final point, Buffington said she was more optimistic, saying vaccination rates and other positive factors indicated the worst is behind us with the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s great to have the work pay off,” Buffington said of her recent achievement in speech. “I have been in speech since sixth grade and definitely have grown a lot as a speaker.”

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Both Buffington and senior Mollie Pierson were named to the All-State Speech Team.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.