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Miriam Pritschet

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) debate.

Adviser nomination: “I first met Miriam when she joined the debate program as a seventh grade student who was concerned about doing her absolute best when it came to debate. She spent countless hours, both in the classroom and at home, working to build upon her knowledge and skills and would then use this knowledge most effectively in the debate rounds. Miriam has represented the team well at the section, state and the national debate tournament. She has been recognized by the National Forensic League for ‘Outstanding Distinction,’ the NFL All American Academic Award and finished her junior season of debate as the fifth place National Lincoln-Douglas debate champion. As a returning veteran, she has taken the role of leadership, has led practices with the novice debaters, wrote countless cases for herself and others. We have come to depend upon her for her expertise.”

Artist most admired: Antonio Vivaldi.

Memorable fine arts achievement: Taking fifth place out of 256 students in the national debate competition this past June in Alabama.

Other fine arts activities: Brainerd Chamber Orchestra, where she plays the cello, mock trial and speech.

Your goal in debate this year: “To survive my last season of debate and not die of senioritis. Senior year there is so much from picking out a college to not falling behind in school with everything going on.”

What will you miss most about debate: “I will miss a lot of things, but I will miss the people the most. They are a fun group to work with and I won’t see them anymore once we all go to college.”

Debate skill that will help your future: “There are many life skills I learned in debate. Analytical thinking is a big one. Debate has helped me keep up on world events and showed me with how to take in information and then process it. It will make me a better note taker in college and help me follow lectures more easily.”

After high school plans: “Well I am not 100 percent sure, but I am looking at attending St. Benedict, St. John’s or Norte Dame. I do plan to do undergraduate work, maybe in psychology or environmental conversation.”

Best snow activity: “I love it all. Ice Skating, sledding, snowball fights, the whole nine yards.”

Favorite TV show: “Parks and Recreation.”

Favorite classic book: “Pride and Prejudice.”

Subject you wish you had time to take: Pottery.

Last movie you’ve seen in the theater: “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

Favorite band: The Beatles.

Other activities/clubs: Mock Trial, Speech and Key Club.

Have you ever donated blood: “I tried but my iron was too low.”

Parents: Dave and Anne Pritschet of Brainerd.

Honorable Mentions:

Chloe Hawks, junior, art: “I had the pleasure of having Chloe in Artist Books. She has grown tremendously as an artist from the beginning of the semester. Chloe has come into her own style of whimsical with a strong mixed media technique of words collaged with visual imagery. I am so proud of this young lady.”

• Megan Franzen, senior, Mock Trial: “Megan, a mock trial veteran, is playing two witness parts on this years’ team. Megan’s job on the witness stand is to bring the characters to life. She is so believable that the judges in our first two competitions gave her scores of 9 out of 10. Megan is so supportive of her teammates, she really helps everyone to work to their potential. She is a natural leader.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at

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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