The Pine River-Backus junior varsity speech team competed at Park Rapids recently, where Claudina Williams took first place with her informative speech on Haiti.
Katey Hanson took second place with her informative speech on the deaf and blind.
Don Owen took third place with a creative speech he wrote called “Young Man Wild.”
Several others competed in the meet but did not place in the top four, including:
Creative Expression: Jarod Birr.
Dramatic Duo: Judith Reed and Emma Armstrong, Mitchell Wynn and Anthony Owczynsky, and Jason Cadwell and Taylor Siltman.
Humorous Interpretation: Tara Huston and Austin Mackert.
Poetry: Sierra Tallman.
Prose: Austin Simon.