|State Speech Tournament
Five returning champions win additional gold
Of the 11 returning champions, five of them struck gold again this year; two in Class A and three in Class AA. Two competitors also won rare fourth medals this year: Zach Brown of Fairmont in Class A, and Aunika Schraw of St. Cloud Tech in Class AA.
Following are the highlights from each class:
Mounds Park Academy of St. Paul led all schools with three gold medals. Of the five returning gold medalists, only two succeeded in winning an event again this year.
Sydney Erhardt of Cannon Falls was the only competitor to strike gold for a second consecutive year. She claimed her second consecutive title in Extemporaneous Speaking. It was also her third medal overall.
Aniket Naravane of Mounds Park Academy was the only other competitor to win a second title. He won in Original Oratory in 2011 and won in the same category this year. Last year, he was the runner-up in Original Oratory. This was also his third medal overall.
Three additional defending champions were not so lucky this year. Nick Kinnen of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was seeking his second consecutive title in Discussion. He placed third and claimed his third medal overall.
Alex Long of Byron and Sarah Anderson of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley were the final two defending champions. Long was looking for his second consecutive title in Extemporaneous Reading, but placed sixth this year. Anderson, who won in Informative Speaking in 2013, placed third in Original Oratory this year. It was the second medal overall for both Long and Anderson.
Mounds Park Academy led all schools with three gold medals and Fairmont followed with two. Besides Erhardt and Naravane, the other 2014 champions are: Zach Brown of Fairmont in Creative Expression; Maddie Nelson of Maple Lake in Discussion; Neil Porter and Chloe Swanson of Wrenshall in Duo Interpretation; Heidi Bau of Murray County Central of Slayton in Extemporaneous Reading; Amber Preuss of Adrian in Great Speeches; Laramie Jackson of Eagle Valley of Eagle Bend in Humorous Interpretation; Anagha Komaragiri of Fairmont in Informative Speaking; Andrew Grant of Mounds Park Academy in Serious Interpretation of Drama; Munira Khalif of Mounds Park Academy in Serious Interpretation of Poetry; Ruben Flores of East Grand Forks in Serious Interpretation of Prose; and Jared Sowers of Parkers Prairie in Storytelling.
Zach Brown of Fairmont was the only competitor to win a coveted fourth medal this year.
In addition to Anderson, Erhardt, and Naravane, eight other competitors also won third medals this year: Tommy McCarthy of Adrian, Matt Lockett of Cannon Falls, Laramie Jackson of Eagle Valley, Mary Ninneman of Mankato Loyola, Shane Price of Mankato Loyola, Munira Khalif of Mounds Park Academy, Rachel Newville of Perham, and Molly Dunn of River Valley.
In addition to Kinnen and Long, 22 other returning medalists also earned their second medals this year: Amber Preuss of Adrian, Josh Siebenaler of Cannon Falls, Nicole Reigert of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Abby Plumley of East Grand Forks, Courtney Guetter of Fairmont, Mary Kennedy of Fairmont, Nick Reed of Jackson County Central, Andrew Grant of Mounds Park Academy, Aaron Hathaway of Mounds Park Academy, Riley Lannon of Mounds Park Academy, Allison Leopold of Mounds Park Academy, Peyton Lewis of New Ulm Cathedral, Emily Tsen of Park Christian of Moorhead, Zach Olson of Parkers Prairie, Jared Sowers of Parkers Prairie, Chris Knutson of Perham, Rory Risk of Perham, Hannah Sorenson of TrekNorth of Bemidji, Matthew Koring of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, Grace Steward of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, Neil Porter of Wrenshall, and Chloe Swanson of Wrenshall.
Chanhassen led all schools in gold medals, winning three. Of the six returning gold medalists, three succeeded in winning an event again this year.
Aunika Schraw of St. Cloud Tech led the three returning medal-winners. She took top honors in Original Oratory for a second consecutive year. She was also the only Class AA competitor to win a coveted fourth medal this year.
The only other medal-winner who struck gold in the same category was Sam Scarlato of Chanhassen. He claimed his second consecutive title, and his second medal overall, in Storytelling.
Matthew Wisenden of Moorhead was the final returning champion to earn more gold. He earned top honors in Serious Interpretation of Poetry in 2013 and took first place in Duo Interpretation with Jordan Hartjen this year. It was Wisenden’s third medal overall and Hartjen’s second. Hartjen placed third in Duo Interpretation with Tanner Tweten last year.
The other three returning champions weren’t as fortunate. Ali Dorschner of Chanhassen, who was in the hunt for her second consecutive crown in Serious Interpretation of Drama, settled for runner-up honors and her second medal overall. Jessica Oaxaca of Marshall, who took top honors in Extemporaneous Reading in 2013, placed eighth in Serious Interpretation of Drama. It was also Oaxaca’s second medal overall.
Allen Chen of St. Cloud Tech was the final returning gold medalist. He won in Creative Expression in 2011 and placed third in Humorous Interpretation this year. This was also his second medal overall.
Chanhassen led the field with three gold medals, while Roseville Area won two. Besides Schraw, Scarlato, and Wisenden, the other 2014 champions are: Zach Anderson of Chanhassen in Creative Expression; Erik Thibault of Duluth East in Discussion; Rebecca Crepeau of Apple Valley in Extemporaneous Reading; Dylan Adelman of Lakeville South in Extemporaneous Speaking; Habon Ali of Eagan in Great Speeches; Sophia Miliotis of Roseville Area in Humorous Interpretation; Puneet Arora of Chanhassen in Informative Speaking; Jack Ellis of Orono in Serious Interpretation of Drama; Nyambura Muiruri of Lakeville North in Serious Interpretation of Poetry; and Carley Abbott of Roseville Area in Serious Interpretation of Prose.
In addition to Wisenden, four other competitors also took home their third medals: Olivia Schiffman of Apple Valley, Nyambura Muiruri of Lakeville North, Dylan Adelman of Lakeville South, and Emily Hagenson of Moorhead.
In addition to Scarlato, Hartjen, Dorschner, Oaxaca, and Chen, 19 other returning medalists also earned their second medals this year: Rebecca Crepau of Apple Valley, Erin Jones of Bemidji, Zach Anderson of Chanhassen, Haley Brahmbhatt of Chanhassen, Habon Ali of Eagan, Adam Stromme of Eagan, Noah Eckberg of East Ridge of Woodbury, Josiah Bender of Fridley, Sarah Mason of Lakeville North, Noah Omdal of Lakeville North, Shaker Ali of Moorhead, Joe Cella of Moorhead, Auna Lee of Moorhead, Karina Twedt of Moorhead, Jack Ellis of Orono, Gino Fraboni of Princeton, Andrew Urevig of Robbinsdale Armstrong, Sophia Miliotis of Roseville Area, and Cody Goodchild of St. Michael-Albertville.
|MSHSL video PSA earns national Telly Awards
A 60-second public service announcement promoting the Minnesota State High School League's Why We Play educational campaign was recently awarded two Telly Awards. The PSA was a collaborative effort between the Minnesota State High School League, independent producer and writer Gail Hudson Brown and producer and cinematographer Mark Anderson.
"I am proud of the work that went into creating this PSA," explained League Associate Director Jody Redman, "and even more proud of the response that the PSA has received from our member schools. Why We Play is an important campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the real reason the League offers education-based activities and that is to develop the inner lives of students, providing them with skills and knowledge that will sustain them for a lifetime."
The PSA earned a silver Telly Award, the organization's top award. It also earned a bronze Telly Award for its use of music, an original composition and recording by musician and composer John Hudson. The beat-style lyrics were co-written by John Hudson and Gail Brown Hudson.
"We loved 'pushing the edge of the envelope' with this creative project, by bringing the important message of the Minnesota State High School League through beat poetry," Gail Hudson said.
"Our goal was to create a youthful and hip vibe that younger kids could relate to," Anderson said. "Real moments captured on-camera brought this spot to life."
The PSA features students from Forest Lake High School, Minneapolis South High School and Northfield High School. It was broadcast on KSTC-TV, Channel 45 during the League's televised hockey and basketball tournaments, as well as shown on the scoreboard video screens in the arenas.
"The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," explained Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. "Gail Hudson and Mark Anderson's accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."
The Why We Play public service announcement may be viewed on the League's Vimeo website page — http://vimeo.com/91936932. Broadcast outlets are encouraged to download the PSA and use it at their discretion.
About the Telly Awards
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
Fewer than 10 percent of the nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries are awarded the Telly's highest honor, the Silver Telly, for exceptional work in the video and film industry. Approximately one-fourth of nominees receive the Telly's bronze award. To find out more about the Telly Awards, go to www.tellyawards.com
About Gail Brown Hudson
Gail Brown Hudson is an 11-time Emmy winner for her creative work as a producer and writer, and winner of the prestigious NAPTE Iris and Sigma Delta Chi national awards. She is a former senior producer at KSTP-TV Channel 5, where she produced the "On the Road with Jason Davis" for five years, as well as many other in-depth reports, special projects, and documentaries for the station. She now owns her own freelance media business working with a variety of corporate and non-profit clients to produce high-end digital-video content for broadcast, web and internal audiences, as well as written media materials. She also writes for the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Home & Garden section.
Mark Anderson is the founder and president of Markymarkmedia, a Twin Cities-based video production and video marketing agency that produces high-end digital content to strategically support and promote the brands of his clients. Anderson is a former National Photographer of the Year when he worked at KARE 11 and is a winner of more than 20 Emmys for his work as a visual storyteller.
|Detroit Lakes Opens Girls Golf Season With A Bang
|Posted by John Millea(firstname.lastname@example.org)- Updated 4/22/2014 10:42:54 AM
|BRAINERD – The Legacy golf courses at Cragun’s Resort opened for the season on Saturday. Two days later, 14 high school girls teams gathered for the first big tournament of 2014, the Cardinal Invitational hosted by Staples-Motley.
Season opener or not, it appears that the team from Detroit Lakes is already in great shape. The Lakers are the two-time defending state champions in Class 2A, and they put on a show Monday in winning the team title by 37 shots. Detroit Lakes’ total was 305, followed in the top five by Alexandria 342, Minnewaska 354, Pequot Lakes 356 and Staples-Motley 366.
In the individual competition, Detroit Lakes sophomore Kate Smith finished first with a 2-under-par 70 and senior teammate Natalie Roth was second with a 72. The next players, finishing at 78, were Emily Israelson of Staples-Motley, Mandy Boyle of Moorhead and Amanda Bigger of Alexandria.
Smith and Roth are familiar names because they shared the individual title in last year’s 2A state meet at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan. The journey from Cragun’s on Monday to the 2014 state meet June 10-11 in Jordan will go quickly, and the Lakers are excited about pursuing a third consecutive state championship.
“The pressure’s definitely on,” said Smith, who hit every green Monday except the final three holes. “I feel it. You can’t just ignore it, you accept it and keep going.”
There is pressure to repeat as individual and state team champs, but there also is pressure within the team itself, pressure to compete with teammates for spots on the roster.
“It’s fun pressure,” Roth said. “We motivate each other so much. It’s a good competition and that’s what builds a strong team.”
Detroit Lakes’ two state titles have been earned on the backs of young players. Experience, however, is a strength this spring with four seniors on the squad.
“This team has been together for five seasons,” said Lakers coach Cali Harrier. “It’s kind of an emotional season for us, with four seniors. They’re good teammates and they also push each other. The six of them will be competing for the spots on the team, which prepares them.”
A few inches of snow fell at Cragun’s last week, but there were very few remnants of snow on the course Monday. Temperatures were in the upper 50s and the wind kicked up on occasion, but the picturesque course was in exceptional condition.
“The wind was a factor for a couple of shots,” Smith said. “It wasn’t just a one-club wind, it really affected your shots. Sometimes the wind is fun, it makes it a little more challenging. I just had a lot of fun today.”
Staples-Motley coach and tournament director Glen Hasselberg said, “A week ago, the likelihood of this event happening was not very good.”
But the tournament went off without a hitch. After a short awards ceremony in the clubhouse, there was a wonderful display of sportsmanship and appreciation. As they walked to the parking lot for the drive home, every player and every coach shook Hasselberg’s hand and offered their thanks for a great event.
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