Feb 23, 2019 Congratulations to the Staples-Motley Speech Team for another great performance at the Bemidji Lumberjack Invitational! The team placed second out of 21 teams, narrowly taking second to East Grand Forks. Taking first place in Finals were: Jonah Johnson (Creative Expression), and Caden Mrazek (Humor). Taking second place were: Ethan Gilbertson (Creative Expression), Lilly Niemi (Informative), and Samantha Mrazek (Original Oratory). Placing third were: Micah Larson (Creative Expression), Amber Deegan (Drama), Samantha Mrazek and Caden Mrazek (Duo), Macy Judd (Extemp. Reading), and Ari Brings (Great Speeches). Fourth place winners were: Jaydon Friedel (Drama), Ari Brings (Prose), and Macy Judd (Poetry). Andrew Bates took home a fifth place medal in Drama, and Iain Sams and Cy Johnson placed sixth in Duo. Earning ribbons for nearly making finals were: Jack Tyrell (Discussion), Andrew Bates and Jaydon Friedel (Duo), Alex Brings (Great Speeches), Kimberly Stachowiak (Poetry), and Amber Deegan (Prose).
Picture, first row, left to right: Coach Coleman Klimek, Ethan Gilbertson, Jonah Johnson, Emily Roberts, Connor Judd, Macy Judd, Katie Niemi, Alex Brings, Coach Delaney Larson. Second Row: Emery Lorber, Keegan Bestland, AJ Nienow, Micah Larson, Ari Brings, Samantha Mrazek, Caden Mrazek, Brooke Ferdon, Coach Heather Sams, Coach Brian Sams. Third Row: Cy Johnson, Iain Sams, Jack Tyrell, Andrew Bates, Jaydon Friedel, Amber Deegan, Kimberly Stachowiak, Lilly Niemi.