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Speech Takes Third at Devils Lake

February 12, 2016
Pierce County Tribune

The Rugby Panther Speech Team travelled to Devils Lake High School last week for their first Class A competition of the season. The tournament, while considered "small" for a Class A meet, was an eye-opening experience for the young Panther team. With four Class A teams in attendance (Valley City, Jamestown, Devils Lake, and West Fargo), the Panther Speakers had their work cut out for them if they hoped to bring home the hardware.

Luckily, the Panthers rose to the challenge, breaking 18 of 42 entries into the final round. While the number seems small, only a fraction of the original entries, the final results indicate that the Panthers are able to do great things regardless.

The Panther Speech Team took home the third place team sweepstakes award on Saturday, earning 81 total team points. The Panthers came in behind Valley City (1st with 161 points), Devils Lake (Host with 117 points) and Jamestown (2nd with 97 points). The North Star team finished fourth (51 points). The tournament, in total, had 11 teams in attendance.

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Highlighted results from the Devils Lake Tournament include three new state qualifiers. Thor Skjelver was able to earn 1st in Extemp Speaking, a result that will push him now to the state tournament where he earned 9th last year in the same event. This is Skjelver's second qualification, adding to his Entertain Speech qualified at the Rugby Invitational. Rebekah Wangler added a second qualification as well, earning 2nd in Radio Broadcasting in an A/B split. This finish will advance her to the state tournament. Radio is the event Wangler placed in at the 2015 state tournament, the Panthers' only final placing last year. Additionally, Maria Mack earned 1st place in Storytelling at Devils Lake for the second year in a row, advancing her to the state tournament.

The Panthers are next off to Bismarck for two competitions. They will compete at Bismarck Shiloh on February 12 and Mandan High School on February 13. Mandan will again be the site of the Class B State Tournament, so this upcoming weekend will be the Panthers' first look at the judges for April.

Again, if you are ever looking for free banquet entertainment, the Panther Speech Team would be happy to supply you with a half-hour (or more) of performances. Public performances are a better practice than anything in a classroom. Please contact Kyle Vareberg if you would like to schedule entertainment for your upcoming event (email - or phone - 701-776-5201).

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Finley Results:

Dramatic - Kaitlyn Boucher 4th; Annie Bachmeier 5th

Entertain - Kate Heidlebaugh 1st; Maria Mack 2nd; Madalyn Pretzer 3rd; Thor Skjelver 7th

EPR - Elizabeth Skjelver, 2nd; Kaitlyn Boucher, 6th; Alissa Volk, 7th; Beth Boucher, Top Novice

Extemp - Thor Skjelver 2nd; Deserae Werlinger 5th

Humorous - Kate Heidlebaugh, 2nd; Maria Mack, 3rd; Jacob Christianson, 7th

Humorous Dou - Madalyn Pretzer & Alissa Volk 1st; Sasha Klein & Lillian Schmidt 3rd

Impromptu - Kaitlyn Boucher, 5th; Elizabeth Skjelver 6th

Inform - Rebekah Wangler 2nd; Sasha Klein 4th; McKenzie Oppen 5th; Kimberlee Leier 6th

Persuade - Rebekah Wangler 1st; Deserae Werlinger 4th

Poetry - Lillian Schmidt, 5th; Annie Bachmeier, 6th

Radio - Rebekah Wangler 3rd; Jacob Christianson 7th

Serious Duo - Madalyn Pretzer & Elizabeth Skjelver 3rd

Serious Prose - Kaitlyn Boucher 2nd; McKenzie Oppen 5th; Beth Boucher, Top Novice

Storytelling - Kate Heidlebaugh 5th; Maria Mack 7th


Devils Lake Results:

Entertain - Maria Mack, 5th; Madalyn Pretzer, 6th; Thor Skjelver, 7th

EPR - Kaitlyn Boucher, 4th; Alissa Volk, 5th; McKenzie Oppen, 6th

Extemp - Thor Skjelver, 1st

Humorous Duo - Sasha Klein/Lilly Schmidt, Top Novice

Impromptu - Elizabeth Skjelver, 7th

Inform - Carmen Mak, 7th; Sasha Klein, Top Novice

Persuade - Rebekah Wangler, 3rd

Poetry - Lilly Schmidt, Top Novice

Radio Broadcasting - Rebekah Wangler, 2nd; Jacob Christianson, 5th

Serious Duo - Madalyn Pretzer/Elizabeth Skjelver - 5th

Serious Prose - Kaitlyn Boucher, 3rd; McKenzie Oppen, 7th; Beth Boucher, 9th

Storytelling - Maria Mack, 1st; Lilly Schmidt, 8th



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