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Speaking of success: Detroit Lakes speech team takes home second-place trophy

Speech team members include, front from left, Katie Larson, Randi Granger, Laura Berger, Mollie Kuether; middle from left, Goen Park, Katherine Mckormick, Cara Berger, Thressa Johnson, Cassie Foltz, Ronnie Foltz, Tanya Anderson; back from left, Amber Davis, Kaleigh Herter, Andy Fondrick, Hannah Bode, Emilee Freeman, Gunnar Michon, Rachel Skaaland, Kelsey Wenner, Max Boyd, Kelsey Herter, Mariah Neuhauser, Morgan Lewis. (Pippi Mayfield/DL Newspapers)

Only halfway through the season, the Detroit Lakes Speech Team has already seen much success.

At their first meet of the year, Moorhead's Harlan Shuck Speech Invitational, senior Kelsey Wenner took second place in extemporaneous reading, senior Kelsey Herter won seventh in informative and junior Andy Fondrick brought home sixth place in storytelling. The Detroit Lakes team took third place overall.

At the Hawley meet, sisters Kaleigh and Kelsey Herter won fifth place in dramatic duo, while senior Rachel Skaaland took first place with her informative speech. In prose, senior Mollie Kuether won second, and senior Thressa Johnson took fourth.

Fondrick took first in humor, as eighth grader Gunnar Michon won third and sophomore Veronica Foltz won fifth. Senior Cassy Foltz took third with her storytelling, and Fondrick fifth with his.

Of the 18 schools competing at the tournament, Detroit Lakes came in fourth, earning points from all of the 21 DL students competing.

Buffalo's Bison Speech Invitational was another exciting event for the speech team. Skaaland took third in informative, while junior Cara Berger took second in poetry. In prose, Johnson won third and Kuether won fifth.

Fondrick placed second in storytelling. Honorable mentions went to Michon in humor, as well as Wenner and Skaaland in duo.

Earning 108 points, Detroit Lakes came home with the trophy for second place of the 12 small schools in attendance at the meet.

With their own meet, as well as subsection and section tournaments, still to come, the speech team hopes to continue its success in the coming weeks.