5 Moorhead High students reach final round of National Speech and Debate Championships
Spud speakers will compete Thursday and Friday to be No. 1 in the nation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 6,000 students qualify for the National Speech and Debate Championships every year, and five Moorhead High School students are still in the running to be named the best of the best.
Coach Rebecca Meyer-Larson brought 14 speech students to the championships this week in Louisville. Thirteen made it the quarterfinal rounds with the 60 top competitors in each category, and nine made it into the semifinals with the top 14 competitors per category.
The five Moorhead students to advance to the final round will go against five other competitors from around the country.
Ingrid Rygg, a graduated senior, will compete for the national championship in Informative Speaking at 7 a.m. Friday, June 17.
Moorhead had two teams in the six-team final of the Duo Interpretation category, which was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16: juniors Olivia Dahlberg and Greta Homuth, and graduating senior Charlie Maki and Finn Larson, who just finished his junior year at Moorhead.
The National Speech and Debate Association will livestream the final rounds at https://live.speechanddebate.org/ , with winners announced starting at 5:30 p.m. Central time on Friday.