Eight students from the Morris Area High School Speech Team advanced to the Section 5A Finals at Eden Valley-Watkins High School this past Saturday.
Placing 1st and advancing to the State Tournament in Prose Reading was Derek Johnson. Placing 3rd and advancing to the State Tournament in Creative Expression was Luci Bransel.
Placing 8th in Duo Interpretation were Emily Hamm and Hailey Lesmeister.
Placing 7th in Extemporaneous Reading was Karmen Sperr.
Placing 8th in Extemporaneous Speaking was Sam Jordan.
Placing 8th in Humorous Interpretation was Alexis Lhotka.
Placing 6th in Humorous Interpretation was Michelle Johnson.
Placing 6th in Original Oratory was Katya Lackey.
Tess Deane, Aarav Devkota, Ben Giese, Anya Eckerle, Nicole Gillespie, Lexi Gomer, Ivan Hoffman, Kylen Running Hawk, Lakia Manska also participated in the Section Tournament for Morris Area. The team finished in 8th place behind Champion Melrose and runner-up St. Cloud Cathedral.
Luci Bransel and Derek Johnson will participate in the Class A State Speech Tournament on Friday April 12 at Wayzata High School.