STAPLES -- The Staples-Motley speech team won the Subsection 24A championship trophy Saturday at Staples, earning a total of 198 team points.
Pequot Lakes took the runner-up trophy with 92 team points and honorable mention went to Wadena-Deer Creek with 57 team points.
The following students will advance to the Section 6A Speech Contest on Friday in Breckenridge: Creative Expression, Chandra Bergman, second alternate; Discussion, Chris Holst, first place, Nathan Roth, second; Duo Interpretation, Tim Thorman and Nathan Beard, first, Wyat Schwichtenberg and Jacob Smith, second, Kayla Peterson and Tracey Dullinger, third; Extemporaneous Reading, Gemma Shaffer, first, Nikki Northquest, second, Megan Weyer, fifth.
Extemporaneous Speaking, Becki Iverson, second; Humorous Interpretation, Carsten Hey, second, Jason Weyer, sixth, Mary Metzler, first alternate; Informative Speaking, Katie Becker, first, Justin Edin, third; Original Oratory, Mandy Heldman, first, Melody Fellman, second, Arnt Diener, third; Serious Drama, Sarah Fellman, first, Christopher Olsen, second, Jared Peterson, fourth, Ann Motl, fifth, Luke Youngvorst, sixth, Nick Waverek, first alternate.
Serious Poetry, Mike Porter, first, Courtney Lovelace, second, Anton Jimenez, fourth, Vinnie Houser, second alternate; Serious Prose, Francis Jimenez, first, Bernadette Shaffer, second, Jenna Nypan, third; and Storytelling, Ephrem Shaffer, first, Joe Fink, fourth, Peter Thorman, fifth.
Head Coach Bob Shaffer, along with his assistants, Gini Schwichtenberg and Julie Peterson, will travel with their team Friday to Breckenridge to participate in the Section 6A speech contest. Schwichtenberg was named Subsection 24A Speech Coach of the Year for 2005.
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