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Park Rapids speech team places third in Bemidji tournament

This year's Park Rapids Area High School speech team includes front, sitting from left, Calvin Bateman, Rabeca Schaefer, Riane Daily, Alli Belfiori, Courtney Schoeberl, Megan Larson, Carson Christenson, Sophie Shogren and Aaron Holk. Kneeling, from left, Brandon Haller, Maira German, Nathan Gebhard, Melodie Englund, Sarah Schultz, Alana McKeever, Lindsay Bugge, Luke Swenson, Jason Dennis and Darien Nyland. Standing, from left, Travis Atkinson, Andrew Stewart, Bobby Swanstrom, Jeff Davidson, Matt Walker, ...

The Park Rapids Area speech team placed third out of 18 schools, just one point behind second place, at the Bemidji High School invitational tournament Saturday, Feb. 21.

Winning first place in their categories were Nathan Gebhard, Jason Dennis and Luke Swenson.

Other winners were Sophie Shogren, Tony Schmid, Jake Froelich, Leah Meinert, Carson Christenson, Sarah Schultz, Maira German, Matt Walker, Jeff Davidson, Jake Grimes, Amber Dearstyne and Melodie Englund. The team's advisor is Deb Davis.

The speech team is traveling to Walker today (Saturday), Feb. 28 and will host a tournament at Century School the following Saturday, March 7.