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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.

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Fourteen Moorhead High Speech students are competing this week at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Five of them have made it to the final round.
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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.

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Ingrid Rygg will compete to become national champion in the category of Informative Speaking at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Louisville, Ky.
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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.

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Greta Homuth (in pink) and Olivia Dahlberg will compete to become national champions in the Duo category at the 2022 National Speech and Debate Tournament.
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Charlie Maki (in green) and Finn Larson will compete to become national champions in the Duo category at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Louisville, Ky.
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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.

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