The Perham Speech team competed virtually against 32 other teams in a meet hosted by Fergus Falls on Jan. 30. The Perham team finished fourth out of 33 teams in the event, said a news release from the Perham-Dent Public Schools.

The tournament was a National Individual Events Tournament of Champions bid tournament. The number of bids available for qualifying categories is determined by the number of entries in the event.

Over the course of the season, individuals need to receive two bids to compete at the NIETOC event in May.

The Perham speech team had five individuals and one duo break into the finals, which means they finished in the top six.

Senior Lauren Schreader finished sixth in Extemporaneous Reading. Schreader finished third as well in Prose Reading and received a NIETOC bid.

Eighth-grader Daphne Hanson finished sixth in Humorous Interpretation and received a NIETOC bid.

Sophomore Aspen Thiel finished sixth in Original Oratory, while sophomore Lily Aakre came in sixth in Creative Expression.

Senior Emily Kirchenwitz and sophomore Sadie Shippee finished fifth in Duo Interpretation.

Perham had three members earn top 12 placing, which means they broke into Next-In Finals.

Senior Kira Johnson finished second in Poetry. Sophomore Brynn Greisen finished second in Original Oratory and sophomore Lauryn Rustad was fifth in Original Oratory.

The speech team will return to the competition on Feb. 6 when they compete virtually in a meet hosted by Duluth Denfeld.

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