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Speech team sees success

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont High School speech team began its season Jan. 26-27 at the Marshall Speech Spectacular. The Cardinals won the Class A team sweepstakes.

Cardinal speakers who advanced to the semifinal round were Lexi Fischer, creative expression; Apoorva Komaragiri, prose; and Ben Hernes, prose.

On Feb. 3, 17 members of the speech team competed at the Minneapple Speech Tournament in Apple Valley. Lexi Fischer placed fifth in the final round of creative expression.

Next, the team traveled to Mankato Loyola on Feb. 10, to compete in the Crusader Classic. The team won the team sweepstakes with a score of 147.

Varsity results were: first place — Lexi Fischer, creative expression; Bergen Senf, discussion; Emily Kerekes, extemporaneous reading; Izzy Munsch, humorous interpretation; Emma Koehler, poetry; and Ben Hernes, prose; second place — Emma Koehler and Ben Hernes, duo interpretation; Weston Loughmiller, extemporaneous speaking; Apoorva Komaragiri, prose; third place — Sydney Hainy, humorous interpretation; Eric Head, informative speaking; Bethany Linse, storytelling; fourth place — Maddy Pierce, great speeches; Ameya Komaragiri, original oratory; fifth place — Isabell Geiger and Tabitha Thatcher, duo interpretation; Annika Wheeler, storytelling. Finalist — Grace Higgins.

Novice results were: first place — Flavia Correa, poetry; and Kaycie Brookens, prose; second place — Faith Heille, dramatic interpretation; and Lily Steuber, extemporaneous speaking; fourth place — Lauren Wheeler, creative expression; fifth place — Ellie Hernes and Lara Thompson, duo interpretation; Paige Linse, humorous interpretation; and Jacalyn Reischl, prose. Finalist — Paige Hainy.

Lastly, on Feb. 17, the team made its way to the Farmington High School Invitational and a fourth place team finish.

Varsity results were: first place — Lexi Fischer, creative expression; Maddy Pierce, great speeches; second place — Sydney Hainy, humorous interpretation; third place — Eric Head, creative expression; Eric Head, informative speaking; Emma Koehler, poetry; Apoorva Komaragiri, prose; fourth place — Emma Koehler and Ben Hernes, duo interpretation; Ameya Komaragiri, original oratory; fifth place — Apoorva Komaragiri and Izzy Munsch, duo interpretation; finalist — Isabell Geiger and Tabitha Thatcher, duo interpretation.

Novice results were: fourth place — Flavia Correa, poetry; fifth place — Kara Fischer, dramatic interpretation; sixth place — Kira Murphy, creative expression; Grace Miller, dramatic interpretation; Ethan Grunewald, informative speaking; finalist — Lauren Wheeler, creative expression; Paige Linse, humorous interpretation; Flavia Correa, original oratory; and Kacie Brookens, prose.

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