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Four Pequot Lakes speech team members advance to state. Klein named Section 6A coach of year

The Pequot Lakes speech team includes: Mollie Pierson (front row, left), Ashley Mixer, Ali Sommerness, Megan Buffington, Allison Sommerness and Zach Bauer; Assistant Coach Megan Tank (back row, left), Hannah Allen, Courtney Rock, Elena Grove, Synclair Gardiner and Coach Angie Klein. Submitted Photo

The Pequot Lakes speech team placed third at the Section 6A tournament Saturday, April 6, in Pillager, with four students advancing to the state tournament - Mollie Pierson, Megan Buffington, Zach Bauer and Synclair Gardiner.

Coach Angie Klein was named the Section 6A coach of the year.

The top three performers in each category advance to the state tournament, which will take place Friday, April 12, at Wayzata High School. Placing at the section tournament for the Patriots were:

Discussion: Pierson, first.

Drama: Ali Sommerness, fifth.

Extemporaneous reading: Allison Francis, fifth.

Great speeches: Buffington, third.

Oratory: Ashley Mixer, fourth.

Poetry: Elena Grove, fourth; Hannah Allen, sixth.

Prose: Bauer, second; Courtney Rock, sixth.

Storytelling: Gardiner, third.