Bemidji High School Speech Team’s first competition

The Bemidji High School Speech Team had a productive first weekend of competition.

Several veteran speakers traveled to the highly competitive, multi-state Marshall Speech Spectacular Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25.

Five speakers advanced to quarterfinals, including Elizabeth Rafferty in Extemp Reading, Amy Frenzel in Extemp Speaking, Melanie Richards in Great Speeches and Grace Nelson in Poetry.

BHS Speakers at Marshall

Grace Nelson advanced to semifinals with the top quarterfinal personal, but fell just short of finals.

Danielle Gray also competed in first-year Prose, and finished third in that category.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the team competed with 20 other teams at the Lucky Lindy Invitational in Little Falls on Jan. 25, with Savannah Haugen advancing to Finals in Great Speeches, and Maya Lindquist advancing in Original Oratory.

BHS Speakers at Little Falls

The team travels to Grand Rapids tomorrow night for a rare weeknight makeup event.

Larissa Donovan is one of the coaches of the Bemidji High School speech team.

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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, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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