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LHS Students Have Strong Showing At State Speech Event
By: Mavis Fodness Rock County Star Herald
Class of 2017 speech students set the bar a little higher Saturday when four seniors competed in their last state tournament.
Luverne students Knute Oldre, Dylan Thorson, Marisol Hartshorn and Samantha Ykema placed at the 2017 Minnesota State High School League tournament at Apple Valley High School.
Ykema finished with the highest medal Saturday when she placed third in discussion. It was her third state speech medal in five years with the LHS team.
Thorson earned fourth place in extemporaneous speaking, becoming a three-time state medal recipient. This was also Thorson’s fifth year on the state team.
Oldre, who took fifth place in discussion, joined an even more elite group by earning his fourth state medal Saturday.
The current season marked Oldre's sixth year on the team. He was one of six returning gold medal winners to this year's state tournament, but none of the returning champions repeated, according to the League.
Hartshorn participated in her first state tournament, concluding her fifth year on the team on a high note.
"Although she did not advance to the final round, she had a great first state appearance doing very well in her preliminary rounds," said coach Caroline Thorson. "This is a great end to a long career in speech for each of these seniors."
The group has a combined 21 years of participation in the speech program, with 14 state tournament appearances and 10 state medals.
"This makes the speech students from the Class of 2017 the most decorated class," Thorson added.
Luverne was among 95 Class A teams represented at the tournament, according to the League. During the season, 185 Class A teams competed statewide.
At the state tournament there were 24 competitors in each category and the top eight after three rounds of competition advanced to the final round. In the final round, the students performed one last time in front of five judges.
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Superintendent: Craig Oftedahl
HS/MS Principal: Ryan Johnson
Elementary Principal: Stacy Gillette
Community Education Director: Karen Willers
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