Luverne Speech Team members who traveled to Saturday’s competition in Worthington include (front row, from left) Xavier Carbonneau, John Miller, Zoe Brown, Paul Witte, Derek Krueger, Gunnar Oldre, Courtney Wendland, Adriana Gonzalez, (second row) Alexa Chesley, Hannah Ehlers, Sage VerSteeg, Jacinda Hustoft, Jessica Anderson, Hannah Hoogland, Nicole Hoogland, Mikayla Wiederhoeft, (third row) Cameron Wessels, Shane Berning, Jonah Louwagie, Sophia Lanoue, Griffin Ahrendt, Jocy Cazeres, Destiny Matthiesen, (bac

Luverne speech team opens season with fourth-place finish at Worthington

The Luverne speech team participated in its first invitational of the season Saturday, Feb. 6, in Worthington. Twenty-one teams with a total of 270 students competed in thirteen categories.

Luverne placed fourth as an incomplete team. Several LHS veteran speakers had other commitments Saturday including the ACT exam and gymnastics. Several members performed for the first time.

“We are very proud of all the participants.  Competition was tough,” said LHS coach Caroline Thorson. “We were going up against some big teams like Mankato East and St. Peter and Jackson. Those who performed for the first time had some impressive rounds, and some team members had some personal bests. The future looks bright, and we are anxious to get our entire team competing.”

Twenty-five students competed in Worthington. The results are as follows:

Creative Expression: Cameron Wessels, blue ribbon; Jacinda Hustoft, red ribbon.

Dramatic Interpretation: Megan Rogers, red ribbon.

Duo Interpretation: Alexa Chesley and Hannah Ehlers, sixth place.

Extemporaneous Reading: Hannah Hoogland, sixth place.

Great Speeches: Derek Krueger, first place; Griffin Ahrendt, fifth place.

Humorous Interpretation: Gunnar Oldre, fourth place.

Informative Speaking: Ryleigh Beers, fifth place.

Original Oratory: Zoe Brown, fifth place.

Prose Reading: Sage VerSteeg, Red Ribbon.

Storytelling: Paul Witte, fifth place.

The Luverne High School speech team consists of 44 members.

“We are thrilled with the number of students on the Luverne speech team this season,” Thorson said.

“Many of these students are involved in other activities during this season, so they are juggling schedules and spending lots of out-of-school time preparing their pieces.”

The Luverne speech team will compete again next Saturday, Feb. 13, in Redwood Falls. 

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