MHS speech team takes first

MARSHALL — The Marshall High School Speech Team came away from the Prior Lake Speech Tournament on Saturday with a first-place ranking.

The Tiger Speech Team finished in first place out of a total of 23 teams, ranking ahead of second place winners Benilde-St. Margaret’s and third place winners Wayzata, said head speech coach Rick Purrington.

Marshall speakers ranked highly in individual events, as well. Marshall speakers came in first in seven out of the 14 speaking categories at the tournament, and senior Allie Lamote earned two individual championships, in both the drama interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation categories.

Individual award winners include:

Alexa Amundson – First place, Prose; Fourth place, Drama

Elsa Black – Fourth place, Storytelling

Signe Christensen – First place, Storytelling

Ashtyn Eben – Seventh place, Informative

Allie Lamote – First place, Drama; First place, Program Oral Interpretation; Third place, Prose

Nacho Larios and Daniel VanKeulen – Second place, Duo

Nacho Larios – Seventh place, Humorous

Maris Oaxaca – First place, Poetry; Third place, Drama

Jack Pedersen and Isaiah Schroeder – Fifth place, Duo

Isaiah Schroeder – Sixth place, Drama

Daniel VanKeulen – First place, Creative Expression

Jenna Zeug – First place, Informative

Honor finalists (places 8-14)

Savannah Boedigheimer – Fifth place, Informative

Nick Dunn – First place, Humorous; Second place, Storytelling

Noah Dunn – Third place, Great Speeches

Ta’mia Hedlin – Second place, Humorous

David Rabaey – Third place, Extemporaneous Speaking

Juan Salazar – Fifth place, Storytelling

Lexi Schnaser – Fourth place, Original Oratory

John Smentek and Jadzia Nigg, Sixth place, Duo

Danny Smith – Second place, Creative Expression

Liz Stucker – Seventh place, Drama

Jenna Zeug – Third place, Creative Expression