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Paynesville Press - April 2, 2003

PAHS speech students advance to section meet

By Michael Jacobson

Ten members of the high school speech team have qualified for sections by placing in the top six of their respective events last week at the subsection competition.

Paynesville placed fourth out of 11 teams at the subsection meet at Rockford on Thursday, March 27. The top three teams were Buffalo Lake-Hector, Rockford, and NL-S.

Junior Melissa Andrie won the discussion event, and Paynesville had three students take second. Ninth grader Courtney Colbert was runner-up in poetry, junior Callie Frieler was second in storytelling, and junior Peter Schreifels was second in prose.

Other section-bound students are: ninth grader Caitlin Lien, third in informative speaking; junior Sami Tierney, third in creative expression; ninth grader Amanda Kern, fourth in extemporaneous reading; sophomore Lisa Lenzmeier, fourth in original oratory; junior Maureen Flanders, fifth in humorous speech; and sophomore Stacy Lahr, fifth in original oratory.

Ninth grader Lindsey Pelton was seventh in humorous speech, and ninth grader Sheena Hoekstra was eighth in drama. Both are alternates for the section meet, which will be held on Saturday, April 5, at Annandale.

Also earning team points for Paynesville at subsections were junior Jenn Terres, sophomore Troy Gerding, and ninth graders Amanda Halvorson, Emily Mehr, and Lauren Vaske.

At sections, the Paynesville competitors will try to place in the top three in their event and earn a berth to the state tournament, which will be held on Friday, April 11.

The speech team took second behind Eden Valley-Watkins at the NL-S meet on Saturday, March 22. Colbert, Lien, and Schreifels won their categories: poetry, informative speaking, and prose respectively. Placing second and also earning a medal was Frieler in storytelling. Earning ribbons were Lahr, sixth in original oratory, and Terres, seventh in prose.

Earning team points for PAHS were senior Hannah Felling, Flanders, Halvorson, Lenzmeier, Pelton, and Vaske.

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