Minneota's Montevideo Speech Team Competitors: Back row (left to right): Alyssa Engels, Reagan Bierschenk, Tristan Bierschenk, Jacob Haen, Sean Dilley, Brenden Kimpe, Katie Walerius. Front row (left to right): Ella Bot, Cora Fischer, Natalie Bot, Wyatt Pohlen, Tara Thooft, Morgen Wersal, Zoe DeBoer.

Viking speech team first at Monte

Minneota turned in another powerful performance at the Montevideo Thunderhawk Speech Invitational on Saturday. This particular meet consisted of three rounds with no finals.

"Last year, this meet was cancelled due to weather, so it was good to return," said Coach Kim Gades. "Although it was a smaller meet, there were still 13 teams in attendance." Five Minneota speakers placed first in their respective category.

Those five were: Brenden Kimpe in Extemporaneous Speaking, Sean Dilley in Informative, Katie Walerius in Original Oratory, Morgen Wersal in Poetry, and Zoe DeBoer ion Storytelling. Four others were runner-ups, including Tristan Bierschenk in Discussion, Natalie Bot and Tara Thooft in Duo, Reagan Bierschenk in Informative, and Alyssa Engels in Original Oratory.

Cora Fischer came in fourth in Great Speeches, while Ella Bot received a ribbon in Extemporaneous Reading. Some team members missed the meet in order to compete in the Robotics regional in Duluth, while two others missed the meet due to illness.

Minneota next competes at Southwest Minnesota State University on Saturday.

JUNIOR HIGH AT ADRIAN The Minneota Jr. High team competed in their last meet of the year in Adrian last Monday.

In that meet, Cora Fischer placed second in Great Speeches, Reagan Bierschenk was second in Informative, Ella Bot was fourth in Extemporaneous Reading, Wyatt Pohlen placed fifth in Discussion, and Joey Clark was fifth in Storytelling.

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