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Speech team returns to Marshall, places third

Two LHS students qualify for national tournament
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Mavis Fodness

Twelve Luverne students competed in the mini spectacular Saturday at Marshall High School — a first for LHS students.
“We never attended since it is usually in January,” co-coach Caroline Thorson said. “Ten of the 12 from our team made it into finals.”
The Luverne speech team placed third overall.
Students competed in three rounds before competing in the final round. Top six finishers included:
•Discussion: Burke Johnson, second.
•Creative expression: Brianna Kinsinger, third.
•Extemporaneous speaking: Chance Tunnissen, first; Zander Carbonneau, second.
•Great speeches: Rylee Anderson, fifth.
•Humorous interpretation: Luke Thorson, first.
•Informative speaking: Jessika Tunnissen, fourth; Lizzy Mulder, sixth.
•Poetry: Mia Wenzel, first; Alex Perkins, fifth.
Seniors Luke Thorson and Chance Tunnissen qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions.
They are the first Luverne students to receive a bid for the national event in May.
“This meet constituted as a qualifier for the NIETOC,” Thorson said.
“Competitors need to receive two bids throughout their season to qualify for participation. We have never sent anyone to this national competition before.”

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