Pine River-Backus speech members advance to section finals

Team collected awards throughout season.

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Pine River-Backus High School speech team members include: from left and back to front, Cody Deplazes, Randall Yost, Zack McAllister, Emma Pflugshaupt, Olivia Anderson and Allaura Mandelbaum.
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PINE RIVER — The Pine River-Backus High School speech team has collected awards and accolades throughout the 2022 season with four members qualifying at the April 2 subsection meet in Menahga for the section finals.

Randall Yost, Cody Deplazes, Zack McAllister and Olivia Anderson will compete at the section meet April 9 in Perham.

At the Pequot Lakes competition Jan. 15, Yost took third in storytelling and fifth with Deplazes in the duo category. Anderson and Allaura Mandelbaum were awarded ribbons of excellence.

At the Feb. 12 meet at Staples-Motley, Mandelbaum took second in prose with Yost taking third in storytelling. Deplazes and Yost took fifth in duo. Ribbons of excellence were given to Emma Pflugshaupt, McAllister and Anderson.

At Little Falls on Feb. 19, Deplazes and Yost took fifth in duo and Yost placed fifth in storytelling. Mandelbaum earned a ribbon of excellence.


Yost and Deplazes took first Feb. 26 in Bemidji in duo, and Yost placed first in storytelling. Pflugshaupt received a ribbon of excellence.

March 5 in Walker, Deplazes and Yost took first in duo. Yost received second in storytelling and Mandelbaum took first in prose. McAllister placed fourth in storytelling.

March 12 in Perham, the Yost/Deplazes duo placed third. Deplazes took first in drama, Mandelbaum took sixth in prose and Yost was first in storytelling.

Yost and Deplazes took first place in Blackduck on March 26 in duo, and Yost was first in storytelling.

At Melrose on March 26, Yost was first in storytelling. He and Deplazes took seventh in duo, and Deplazes placed fifth in drama.

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