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5 Moorhead High speech students finish among top in the nation

Students traveled to Kentucky for national competition

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Great Homuth, in pink, and Olivia Dahlberg competed in the final round, placing fourth in the nation in the Duo category at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Five Moorhead High School speech students finished among the top five in the country in their respective categories at the national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17.

Ingrid Rygg, a graduated senior, finished fifth in Informative Speaking on Friday morning, June 17. Her speech was about bodily sweat.

Moorhead had two teams in the six-team final of the Duo Interpretation category Thursday night.

Juniors Olivia Dahlberg and Greta Homuth finished fourth nationally with their interpretation of a teenager who finds purpose on a roller derby team.

Assistant speech coach Andrew Tichy said the two narrowed down their speech using the script from the movie "Whip It."

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The other team of graduating senior Charlie Maki and Finn Larson, who just finished his junior year, finished fifth in the same event.

Their performance was from Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" musical.

Speech Coach Rebecca Meyer-Larson said in an interview Friday night that it was "really incredible" how well the students did in the National Speech and Debate Championships.

Tichy added that the team and coaches "felt great with the opportunity to share their words on that stage."

"We are just thrilled," he said about the successes of the Moorhead team. "We couldn't be prouder."

Meyer-Larson brought 14 speech students to the championships this week in Louisville. Thirteen made it to the semifinal and championship rounds

More than 6,000 students from around the country were in the competition.

Tichy said some of the final competitions that the students participated in were before crowds of thousands in the Kentucky Expo Center. Preliminary rounds were at the University of Louisville and in high schools in the city.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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