"I'm thrilled for these kids. I'm thrilled for the Spuds. I'm thrilled for the community. To bring home another state championship is beyond my comprehension," Spuds head speech coach Rebecca Meyer-Larson said.
"I tell the kids all the time, 'love your words and love your team.' It's a long season. ... We have young leaders who have figured out that these words have value and they can use their words for good. But we're really celebrating what happens to these kids because of this experience."
Seniors Anna Larson and Neva Miller each earned individual championships to lead the team. Larson won the informative speaking category and Miller took first place in great speeches.
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Moorhead wins the state tournament as a team!!!!!
"We have a really dedicated senior class," Meyer-Larson, who is in her 29th year as head coach, said. "The number of state medals hanging around our seniors speaks to their leadership and commitment."
Moorhead had 10 other medalists. Stella Mehloff, Margaret Dickey and Alyssa Haagenson took runner-up spots in prose, original oratory and storytelling, respectively. Sophia Klindt and Greta Almlie finished third in duo interpretation, while Cassidy Wendt and Jonah Hanson were eighth. Regan Hart was placed third in creative expression and Molly Hauf was third in great speeches. Dylan Stage claimed fourth in dramatic interpretation. Thalia Christenson earned sixth in poetry, while Katherine Leiseth was sixth in extemporaneous reading.
Meyer-Larson emphasized the importance of the Moorhead school and community standing behind her team.
"I want to acknowledge the fact that the support these kids get is special," Meyer-Larson said. "They believe what they're doing is just as important as any Spuds athletics. The school conveys that message and I think that is really special and important. The Spuds athletics teams are celebrating with us. It's always a great day to be a Spud, but today is especially a great day to be a Spud."