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Staples and Walker students place in state speech meet

Several students from Staples-Motley High School and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) placed Friday in the 2015 Minnesota State High School League Class A State Speech Tournament conducted at Lakeville North School.

Several students from Staples-Motley High School and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) placed Friday in the 2015 Minnesota State High School League Class A State Speech Tournament conducted at Lakeville North School.

There were 186 Class A teams competing in speech statewide this year.

The WHA school still tops the Class A list with 40 state champions between 1969 and 2015, which is good for a third-place tie on the list of Most State Champions-All Classes. And WHA still tops the list of top medal-winning Class A schools with 232, and Mounds Park Academy has 150.

Below are the places earned by Staples and WHA students:

• In Creative Expression, Elijah Sams of Staples took first place.

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• In Discussion, Chloë Litts of Staples took first place.

• In Duo Interpretation, Coleman Klimek and Lucas Jimenez of Staples took second.

• In Extemporaneous Speaking, Bradley Foster of WHA took fourth.

• In Humorous Interpretation, Lily Wiemann of WHA took fourth and Matthew Koring of WHA took eighth.

• In Informative Speaking, Hailey Bruns of WHA took third.

• In Original Oratory, Alysha Singh of Staples took sixth.

• In Serious Interpretation - Poetry, Grace Steward of WHA took second.

• In Serious Interpretation - Prose, John Murphy of WHA took fifth.

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