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Luverne Speech Students Prepare For Record-Setting State Tournament
By: Mavis Fodness Rock County Star Herald
With a combined 10 state tournament appearances to date, four of Luverne's senior speech students are determined to make the best of their last meet.
When Marisol Hartshorn, Samantha Ykema, Knute Oldre and Dylan Thorson compete Saturday at the Class A 2017 Minnesota State High School Speech Tournament in Apple Valley, each could contribute to school history.
Continuing Luverne's trend in the storytelling category is first-time state qualifier senior Marisol Hartshorn.
"It's a tradition, now, that the senior makes it to state," she said.
Last year senior storyteller Paul Witte III competed at the state meet following in the footsteps of 2015 senior Spencer Schacht.
At the state level the top three finishers in each of the state's eight sections square off for the championship title in each of the 13 speech categories.
Hartshorn's goal is to finish in the top eight.
"It's definitely really exciting. I've waited six years to make it to state," she said.
To become a state champion in extemporaneous speaking is senior Dylan Thorson's goal.
This is Thorson's fifth time competing at state, and he wants it to be his best.
Building off his best state tournament finish of third place last year, Thorson has finished first at each tournament this year, including the top medal at the section meet.
"I've always looked past the competitions to state," he said.
Thorson may have already marked a school milestone by earning more state speech trips -five- than any other Luverne student. However, no official count has been kept locally.
The high school league, however, does track state tournament results.
Senior Samantha Ykema is competing in discussion at her fourth state tournament. She is on track to join an elite list of students who have earned three state medals.
Only two Luverne students have achieved the honor since the state began keeping records in 1969.
Londyn Robinson earned three medals in discussion (2010-2012) and Ykema's current discussion teammate Knute Oldre matched that mark last year.
"My goal is that I want that state champion title and Knute wants to maintain that title," Ykema said.
The rivalry has been more friendly than adversarial since the two began in discussion as seventh-graders.
"If I have to lose to someone, I prefer it to be Sam," Oldre said.
Oldre's goal is to finish his speech career with a medal and become Luverne's only four-time medal winner.
If that medal is gold, Oldre will join three other Luverne graduates as two-time gold medal winners.
Robinson earned her gold in 2010 and 2012, Becky Opsata (1987, 1988) and Victoria Roberts (1983, 1984). Each competed in discussion.
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