The speech season has officially started and the PHS speech team got off to a strong showing with a second-place overall finish Saturday, Feb. 4 at the St. Cloud Cathedral Invitational meet. The team placed second out of 13 schools and had four medalists in first through third place, according to PHS speech coach Thor Mattick.
Princeton’s Bailey Stottrup (Extemp. Reading) and Melissa Trunk (Poetry) were first-place award winners. Tom Crawford (Prose) finished in second place and Andrew Sorenson and Vince Steele (Duo Interpretation) and Kenny Cowles (Extemp. Speaking) turned in third-place performances.
Another 10 students placed in fourth through eighth place in their categories, Mattick said.
Princeton has a very young team this year with almost 20 first-time speech competitors, he said.
The team’s next meet is Saturday at St. Francis High School.
8th Place – Creative Expression – Trey Stuckey
7th Place – Discussion – Megan Frandsen
3rd Place – Duo Interpretation – Andrew Sorenson & Vince Steele
1st Place – Extemp. Reading – Bailey Stottrup
8th Place – Extemp. Reading – Rylan Erickson
3rd Place – Extemp. Speaking – Kenny Cowles
4th Place – Great Speeches – Annika Peterson
5th Place – Great Speeches – Nick Langenfeld
5th Place – Humorous – Matt Kreft
6th Place – Informative – Shaelin Lekatz
7th Place – Informative – Jessica Lindstrom
8th Place – Original Oratory – Brian Kunz
1st Place – Poetry – Melissa Trunk
2nd Place – Prose – Tom Crawford
8th Place – Prose – Heather Anderson
7th Place – Storytelling – Tia Ronneburg
Honorable Mention – Storytelling – Gino Fraboni
1st – Dassel-Cokato
2nd – Princeton
3rd – Cathedral
4th – Annandale
5th – Zimmerman