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Year: Sophomore.

Age: 15.

Art focus: Debate.

Adviser nomination: “Miriam has played at all of the debate tournaments this season. She has assisted the other students in case writing as well as being a leader on the team.”

Other art activities: Concert Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, where she plays the cello.

What do you like about debate: “I really like it because you learn a lot about current issues around the world. It also helps me with school, like taking better notes.”

Did your dad, David Pritschet, the Lincoln-Douglas debate coach, influence your decision about joining debate: “No, I joined in seventh grade with a friend of mine. I was in the public forum debate then and then I switched to novice Lincoln-Douglas in ninth grade. Now I’m on the varsity team. (Having my dad as the debate coach), comes in handy when I’m at home and I’m writing my case.”

Your biggest strength: “Preparing for a debate tournament. You really have to be prepared beforehand and you have to have a back-up plan in debate.”

Most memorable fine arts achievement: Qualifying for the National Forensic League National Tournament two years running and making it on the international debate team, where she will compete in another country.

Artist most admired: Mozart.

Last song you heard: “Do You Hear What I Hear.” Pritschet was singing the song in her choir class Monday.

Favorite movie: “Blind Side.”

Favorite TV series: “Bones.”

Favorite author: Adam Douglas.

Favorite Christmas treat: Gingersnaps.

Future travel plans: “My mom is from Ireland so we go there often. We’re going there this summer. I’ve been there a few times since I was a baby.”

Parents: David and Anne Pritchet of Brainerd.

— By Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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