Speech team earns sweepstakes win at Redwood Falls Invitational
The Luverne Speech Team took the first-place sweepstakes trophy at the Redwood Valley Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Twenty-five members of the Luverne team were entered in the tournament, where 254 students competed representing 18 schools.
Derek Krueger (great speeches) and Knute Oldre (discussion) earned first-place recognition.
Other Luverne students receiving individual awards were as follows:
Second place: Hannah Hoogland, extemporaneous reading; Paul Witte III, storytelling; Dylan Thorson, extemporaneous speaking.
Third place: Samantha Ykema, discussion; Gunnar Oldre, humorous interpretation.
Fourth place: Ryleigh Beers, informative speaking; Courtney Wendland, extemporaneous reading; Jonah Louwagie, storytelling.
Blue ribbon winners were Anika Gust, original oratory, and Grace Sweeney, extemporaneous reading.
Blue ribbons represent placing first in any given round and/or being one place out of receiving a medal.
The team’s next competition is Saturday in Pipestone.