Two students from Belle Plaine competed at the Minnesota State High School League virtual state competition for speech on Saturday, April 26.

Belle Plaine High School sophomore Merrik Giesen competed in the Dramatic Interpretation category for Class A Section 4.

Minnesota New Country School freshman Savannah Berg competed in the Humorous Interpretation category in  Class A Section 2

Neither advanced to the finals at the state tournament last weekend.

Mounds Park Academy of St. Paul led all Class A schools with four gold medals. Paynesville Area and Cotter of Winona had two champions apiece.

The 2021 champions are Damian Christian of Paynesville Area in Creative Expression; McCarthy Knutson of New London-Spicer in Discussion; Isabelle Geiger and Tabitha Thatcher of Fairmont in Duo Interpretation; Emma Niebuhr of Minnesota Valley Lutheran of New Ulm in Extemporaneous Reading; Salmeh Elmasry of Mounds Park Academy in Extemporaneous Speaking; Aubrey Williams of Cotter in Great Speeches; Ryan Ghose of Mounds Park Academy in Humorous Interpretation; Grace Miller of Cotter in Informative Speaking; Delaney Ignace of Paynesville Area in Original Oratory; Reece Wright of Annandale in Serious Interpretation of Drama; Livia Wooldridge of Mounds Park Academy in Serious Interpretation of Poetry; Anna Gaudio of Mounds Park Academy in Serious Interpretation of Prose; and Zenessa Anderson of Rushford-Peterson in Storytelling.

Wright was the only Class A champion to earn a second overall medal this year. This was his second in Serious Interpretation of Drama.

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