Bemidji Speech Coach reaches “diamond” status, top speakers compete nationally

Assistant Bemidji High School Speech Coach Anna Hamann received her first coaching diamond from the National Speech and Debate Association.

Head coach Tom Lucas recently achieved double diamond status, so both were recognized during a ceremony Sunday night.

Lucas has been coaching BHS Speakers since 2006, and Hamann has since 2008.

Beginning today, BHS Speaker Amy Frenzel is competing in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The event is hosted virtually from Des Moines, Iowa.

BHS Speaker Maya Lindquist is also competing in Prose, a supplemental category to this competition.

This author is an assistant coach for the BHS Speech Team and is an alumna of the program. Tom Lucas is an on-air host on 95.5 KZY, an affiliate radio station to this website.


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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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