Congratulations to the Staples-Motley Speech Team for placing third out of 32 teams at the 47th Annual Chuck Beckman Memorial Speech Tournament at Walker High School. The Cardinals team finished well ahead of the fourth place team and only 4 points behind the second place team from East Grand Forks; the team from Moorhead (AA) took first. Finalists taking home first place medals were Jonah Johnson (Creative Expression - His 7th straight win!), Caden Mrazek (Humor), and Jaydon Friedel and Andrew Bates (Duo). Taking second were Ari Brings (Prose), and Ethan Gilbertson (Creative Expression). Placing third, Ari Brings (Great Speeches), and Jaydon Friedel (Drama). Samantha Mrazek and Caden Mrazek placed 4th in Duo. Taking fifth were Andrew Bates (Drama), and Samantha Mrazek (Original Oratory). 6th place finalists were Lilly Niemi (Info), Macy Judd (Extemp. Reading) and Sadie Thompson (Humor).
In Honor Finals, Alex Brings took home a first place medal in Great Speeches. Placing fourth were Luke Bates (Humor), and Torii Nienow (Info). Antonio Cuetera placed fifth in Extemp. Speaking. Sixth place ribbons went to Sadie Thompson (Creative Expression), and Iain Sams and Cy Johnson (Duo). Seventh place winners were Jack Tyrell (Discussion) and Macy Judd (Poetry).
Earning ribbons for excellence we're Connor Judd (Humor) and Torii Nienow (Prose).
Group picture, first row, left to right: Torii Nienow, Macy Judd, Alex Brings, Andrew Bates, Sadie Thompson, Caden Mrazek and Iain Sams. Second row: Micah Larson, Coach Delaney Larson, Jaydon Friedel, Connor Judd, Luke Bates, and Cy Johnson. Third row: Jack Tyrell, Ethan Gilbertson, Jonah Johnson, Ari Brings, Samantha Mrazek, Lilly Niemi, and Brooke Ferdon. Fourth row: Emery Lorber, Coach Brian Sam's, Coach Heather Sams, Grace Allen, Antonio Cuetera, Katie Niemi and Coach Coleman Klimek.