Perham speech team competes at Walker, Bemidji

The Perham speech team had six students as finalists and honor finalists at the Walker tournament. Two placed as finalists at the Bemidji invitational.

At the Walker tournament, Perham student Lily Aakre placed third in creative expression as well as an award for the drama category. Photo courtesy of Rachel Newville

The Perham Speech team competed virtually at the 49th annual Chuck Beckman Memorial tournament hosted by Walker on March 6. Among 35 teams, Perham placed seventh.

The following individuals earned honorable mentions and ribbons:

  • Lily Aakre (Drama)
  • Beau Johnson (Humor)
  • Daphne Hanson (Humor)
  • Crisavy Seeman (Inform)
  • Lauren Schreader (Prose)

Final rounds consist of the top six to seven speakers in the category and honor final rounds consist of the next six to seven top speakers.
The following individuals broke into final rounds and placed at the tournament:

Creative Expression

Finalist: Lily Aakre - third



Honor Finalist: Aaron Mycke - sixth


Finalist: Emily Kirchenwitz & Sadie Shippee - fourth

Extemporaneous Reading

Honor Finalist: Lauren Schreader - second

Great Speeches

Honor Finalist: Brynn Greisen - first



Honor Finalist: Kira Johnson - fourth

The Perham Speech team also previously competed at the 16th annual Bemidji Lumberjack Invitational on Feb. 27 after a two-week hiatus. There were 28 schools and more than 500 competitors.

The following individuals earned ribbons and honorable mentions:

  • Reid Starzl (Discussion)
  • Lauren Schreader (Ex. Reading)
  • Brynn Greisen (Great Speeches)
  • Beau Johnson (Humor)
  • Crisavy Seeman (Inform)
  • Clara Tangen (Original Oratory)

A final round consisted of six to seven speakers, depending on the size of the category.
The following individuals broke into final rounds and placed at the tournament:

Creative Expression

Lily Aakre - seventh



Lauren Schreader - first

The next competition is the second annual Jacket Classic on Saturday, March 13.

Perham student Lauren Schraeder earned an award for extemporaneous reading at the Bemidji invitational on Feb. 27. She also placed first for prose. Photo courtesy of Rachel Newville

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