Bemidji High School Speech Team placed 3rd in Walker

The BHS Speech team was ranked 3rd out of 36 teams at the Chuck Beckman Memorial Invitational Tournament last Saturday in Walker.

Amy Frenzel was champion in Original Oratory and placed fourth in Extemp Speaking.

Ardaschir Arguelles placed second in Discussion, Evelyn Cordts placed second in Extemp Reading, Melanie Richards was sixth in Great Speeches and Danielle Gray was sixth in Creative Expression.

Honors finalists included Melanie Richards in Drama, Grace Nelson in Poetry, Josh O’Leary in Discussion, Elizabeth Rafferty in Extemp Reading and Savannah Haugen in Great Speeches.

The team travels to Sauk Rapids this Saturday.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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