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Varsity speakers take second out of 11 teams at Drakes Challenge

Drakes Challenge Award Winners Front: Angello, Bell, Ellie Cleveland, Michaela Sparby, Lillian Knotts, Logen Patch, Serenity Marthaler, Kaydre Gullette Middle: Jody Bloom, Nolan Juelson, Abigail Johnson, Kyla Pearson, Andrew Metzler, Savannah Marsh Back: Emily Okland, Matthew Metzler, Elliot Stillday (Submitted photo)

The Blackduck High School varsity Speech team cleaned up at the Drakes Challenge at home on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The team took second place out of 11 teams with a lot of individual winners, including tournament champions Angello Bell in Creative Expression; Ellie Cleveland in Great Speeches; and Matthew Metzler in Informative Speaking. Second place medalists were Michaela Sparby in Original Oratory and Lilly Knotts in Prose, while Savannah Marsh grabbed the bronze medal in Poetry.  Winning fourth place in finals were Andrew Metzler in Discussion; Logen Patch in Serious Interpretation of Drama; Kaydre Gullette in Extemp Reading; Serenity Marthaler in Original Oratory; and Abigail Johnson in Serious Interpretation of Prose. The duo of Lilly Knotts and Matt Metzler took home the fifth place medal, and Kyla Pearson won the sixth place hardware in Storytelling! Ellie Cleveland won an Award of Excellence in Humor. Honorable Mention Awards went to Jody Bloom in Creative Expression; Nolan Juelson and Jody Bloom in Duo; Elliot Stillday in Informative Speaking; and Emily Okland in Poetry.

The junior high Speech team had their first tournament Monday, Feb. 6 at home — hosting 11 visiting schools and 200 speakers. Individual champions were Kaydre Gullette in Extemp Reading and Savannah Marsh in Serious Interpretation of Poetry. Second place winners were Kim Sydow and Kes Eggert in Duo; Haley Patel in Great Speeches; and Rachel Roberts in Serious Interpretation of Poetry. Third place went to Jastyn Rodgers in Serious Interpretation of Drama and Serenity Marthaler in Original Oratory. Sammy Christensen and Tommy Kellum took home sixth place in Duo and Emily Okland took sixth in Poetry. Honorable Mention Awards were won by Regan Frenzel in Poetry; Kaytlin Haiby in Humor; and Karly Pitzl in Storytelling.

On Saturday, Feb. 11 the team was back on the road — though a little short handed with many illnesses — still managed to grab fifth place team honors out of 22 teams. Ellie Cleveland again was a champion in Great Speeches as well as taking an Honorable Mention in Humor. Other medalists for the Drakes were third place medalists Andrew and Mathew Metzler—with Andy in Discussion and Matt in Informative Speaking. Logen Patch got the fourth place medal in Serious Drama while seventh grader Haley Patel earned her first medal with a fifth place finish in Great Speeches. The team had several Honorable Mention Honors including Jody Bloom in Creative Expression; Matt Metzler and Lilly Knotts in Duo; Caroline Cheney in Informative Speaking; and Savannah Marsh in Poetry.