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Paynesville Press - April 5, 2006

Speech team third at subsections

By Michael Jacobson

The PAHS speech team placed third at subsections on Friday at Melrose, with senior Caitlin Lien (informative speech) and ninth grader Kaitlin Burlingame (humorous) winning subsection titles.

Sauk Centre won the team competition with BBE second and Paynesville third.

Paynesville had 11 students place at the subsection meet. Burlingame was first in the humorous category, in which she performs, "The Plane Truth," by Ellen DeGeneres about phobias on board a plane.

Lien, who has qualified for state the past two years in informative speech, uses

bioterrorism as her topic this year. Sophomore Natasha Fangmeier (poetry), senior Ashley Frank (original oratory), and senior Lauren Vaske (great speeches) all placed second at subsections.

Junior Hailey Bundy (discussion) placed third, and junior Erica Geurts (creative expression) and sophomore Alyssa Tish (extemporaneous reading) both placed fourth.

Ninth grader Brianna Fischbach (extemporaneous reading) and ninth grader Jayna Flanders (drama) placed fifth respectively, and senior Emily Rainey (creative expression) placed sixth.

Ninth graders Dillon Herem and Karla Leitzman both are section alternates in storytelling.

Sophomore Katrina Daby (humorous), ninth grader Ralph Daby (storytelling), and sophomore Meghan Doll (extemporaneous reading) all competed at subsections and earned team points for Paynesville.

The top six in each event advances to section competition this weekend, meaning PAHS has 11 advancing to sections for the second straight year.

The section speech meet will be held on Saturday, April 8, at Eden Valley-Watkins High School in Eden Valley. Preliminary rounds will be held at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. respectively, with the final round beginning around 1 p.m. Awards will follow the final round, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Melrose Meet
The PAHS speech team also competed at Melrose High School in their final regular season meet on Saturday, March 25.

Sophomore Natasha Fangmeier (poetry), senior Caitlin Lien (informative speech), and senior Emily Rainey (creative expression) each made the final round and received ribbons.

Lien took fourth, Fangmeier tied for fourth, and Rainey took fifth.

More than 400 students competed at this meet.

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