Minneota individuals placing in the top 6 at the Montevideo meet on Saturday, include, left to right: Noah Harms, Carson Becker, Melanie Engels, Alyssa Engels, Emma Lipinski, Wyatt Pohlen, Cora Fischer, Reagan Bierschenk and Joey Clark.

Minneota third at Montevideo meet

Alyssa Engels placed first in Original Oratory and Regan Bierschenk was first in Informative to help the Minneota speech team to a third-place finish at the Montevideo Speech Invitational on Saturday.
Minneota will now host the sub-section meet on Saturday, April 2.
Engels, one of only three seniors on the Minneota team, won the Original Oratory category with her persuasive speech, which discusses failure and how we as a society fail badly. She includes a lot of information and sources to back up her points, while also laying a positive course to indicate how we see a value in failing.
Bierschenk, a junior, has steadily been improving throughout the season with her Informative speech. She explores 3D printing and its medicinal uses, looking at ways we can use 3D printing in the future.
Emma Lipinski placed second in Prose with her piece called "Where the Light Gets In", a first-hand account of losing someone to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Joey Clark, a junior, placed second in Storytelling.
Cora Fischer, a sophomore, also received a second in Great Speeches with her speech entitled "Welcome Address to Freshman Parents at Boston Conservatory" by Karl Paulnack.
Carson Becker, an eighth-grader, was third in Extemporaneous Reading; while another eighth-grader, Noah Harms, was fourth in Humorous.
Eighth-grader Melanie Engels finished sixth in Storytelling and freshman Wyatt Pohlen was sixth in Discussion.

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