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Speech team takes third

The Lakers speech team is doing great things at area competitions. Submitted Photo

While young, the Laker Speech team is off to a great start.

     Speech is a Fine Arts extracurricular activity with 13 public speaking and interpretation (theatrical) categories offered by the Minnesota State High School League. The 17 members of the Laker Speech Team (made up primarily of freshmen and sophomores) have competed at three tournaments so far this season.

     Despite being a season of rebuilding, the team managed to take third out of 10 teams at the Eagle Valley invitational on Feb. 23, and fifth out of 22 teams at the Battle Lake invitational on March 2.

     Individual honors have been won by the following speakers so far this season: Goeun Park – Excellent Ribbon Informative (Eagle Valley); Missy Larson – Superior Ribbon Drama (Battle Lake), 1st Drama (Perham); Tianna Schwartz – 3rd Duo (Battle Lake), 2nd Humorous (Eagle Valley), 3rd Duo (Perham); Kalley Waller – 3rd Duo (Battle Lake), 3rd Duo (Perham); Matthew Lundstrom – Superior Ribbon Duo (Battle Lake), Superior Ribbon Duo (Perham); Mikaela Storsved – Superior Ribbon Drama (Battle Lake), Excellent Ribbon, Drama (Eagle Valley), Superior Ribbon Drama (Perham); Anna Nickolauson – Excellent Ribbon Prose (Eagle Valley), Excellent Ribbon, Prose (Perham); Seth Nelson - 4th Creative Expression & 4th Duo (Battle Lake), 4th Creative, Expression & Excellent Ribbon Duo (Eagle Valley), Superior Ribbon Creative, Expression & Superior Ribbon Duo (Perham); Molly Triggs – 1st Prose & 4th Duo (Battle Lake), 1st Prose & Excellent Ribbon, Duo (Eagle Valley), 1st Prose & Superior Ribbon Duo (Perham); AnnaRose Steger – Superior Ribbon Novice Extemp. Reading (Perham)

     Olivia Dalman – Superior Ribbon Duo (Battle Lake), Superior Ribbon Duo (Perham); Sarah Schumacher – Superior Ribbon Prose (Battle Lake), 3rd Prose (Eagle Valley), Superior Ribbon Prose (Perham); Jin Park – Excellent Ribbon Novice Extemp. Reading (Perham); Mia Martinez – 2nd Novice Extemp. Reading (Perham).

     The team will compete in Breckenridge on March 14 and will host its invitational tournament on March 16. The team is coached by Jennifer Burnside, Sheila Helgeson and Beth Kelly.