Schools & Students published May 4, 2021

Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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May 4—State Speech

The Minnesota State High School League state speech meets were held April 23-24. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournaments were held virtually on Speechwire.

Students from the West Central Tribune area competing in the final round and their place were:


Prose Reading: Rachel Lanning, Willmar, third place.


Creative Expression: Damian Christian, Paynesville, first place.

Discussion: McCartney Knutson, New London-Spicer, first place; Aarav Devkota, Morris, third place.

Dramatic Interpretation: Maddie Schiller, New London-Spicer, fourth place; Lexy Nelson, Redwood Valley, eighth place.

Duo Interpretation: Emily Hamm and Hailey Lesmeister, Morris, sixth place.

Original Oratory: Delaney Ignace, Paynesville, first place; Lakia Manska, Morris, fourth place.

Storytelling: Sydney Hagen, Minnewaska, second place.

Willmar students on All-State Speech

Willmar Senior High School seniors Asli Abdi and Rachel Lanning have been named to the 2021 All-State Speech Team. To qualify for the Minnesota Speech Coaches Association All-State recognition, students must be a senior in high school, have documented excellence in competition, including competing on subsection/section teams and at least one appearance at the Minnesota State High School League State Speech Tournament. They have utilized their speech skills in at least three other activities, such as National Honor Society, dramatics, or athletics. Community engagement is also part of the qualifying criteria.

University of Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls, South Dakota, school announced its annual Spirit of Excellence Awards.

Jacob Zosel, of Morris was named Representative Man, given to the top male who exemplifies the ideal USF student, who is committed to the University and the purposes for which it was founded. It is the highest honor given to a male student by the entire campus community, and chosen by the senior class from those nominated.