The Perham Speech team started the new season with an early bird invitational on Saturday, Jan. 16. The virtual meet was hosted by Pequot Lakes. The event was the first official virtual tournament of the new season, said a news release from Perham-Dent Public Schools.

The Yellowjackets had 11 of their 35 person team present for the event. Overall, 15 schools and 91 students participated in the event.

Perham captured a sixth-place finish as a team.

The Yellowjackets had four members finish in the top three in their categories. Lily Aakre finished second in Creative Expression. Lauren Schreader finished first in Prose and was third in Extemporaneous Reading. Lauryn Rustad finished second in Original Oratory and Crisavy Seeman finished third in Informative Speaking.

Reid Starzl came close to breaking into the final round and received a Ribbon of Excellence in Discussion.

The next meet for the Yellowjackets will be on Jan. 30 which will be hosted by Fergus Falls.

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