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Blackduck Junior High speech team hosts tournament

Blackduck Junior High Speech Team winners Jayde Blooflat, Gretchen Larson, Karly Pitzl, Kaydre Gulltette. Haley Patel and Regan Frenzel. (Submitted photo)

Blackduck hosted the first junior high tournament of the speech season, which also begins the point totals that determines the Northern Minnesota Speech Conference champions.

A total 12 teams participated and nearly 200 speakers competed in the event, with championships earned by three Drakes speakers: Kaydre Gullette in Extemp Reading, Haley Patel in Great Speeches and Karly Pitzl in Storytelling. Earning a red ribbon for speaking excellence was Regan Frenzel, competing in the category of Serious Prose, and bringing home white honorable mention ribbons for the Blackduck team were Gretchen Larson in Great Speeches and Jayde Blooflat in Poetry. The junior high team will compete in four more meets to determine the best young speakers of the season -- the next competition is Tuesday in Cass Lake.