District 196 students win four state speech titles

District 196 students won four of the 13 first-place titles and 23 of the 104 total medals awarded at this year’s State Speech Tournament for Class AA schools held April 19 at Blaine High School.

State champions are Stephanie Lenertz of Apple Valley High School in great speeches; Georgia Schmitt of Apple Valley in informative speaking; Emerald Egwim of Eagan High School in serious interpretation-prose, who won last year in serious interpretation-drama, and Ashesh Rambachan of Eastview High School, who successfully defended his state title in extemporaneous speaking.

Including this year’s results, Apple Valley and Eagan high schools continue to rank first and second, respectively, in total state speech titles won since 1969. Apple Valley now has 81 titles and Eagan has 65 first-place finishes at state.

Medals are awarded at the state tournament for places one through eight in each of the 13 categories of competition (104 total medals). Apple Valley students brought home 12 medals, second only to Moorhead High School. Eagan students won six medals and Eastview students won five medals.

In addition to the four state titles, four District 196 students were state runners-up: the team of Andrew Friedman and Nat Cobbett of Eagan in duo interpretation; Rebecca Crepeau of Apple Valley in extemporaneous reading; and Patricia Reeves of Apple Valley in serious interpretation-poetry.

Third-place medals were awarded to Apple Valley’s Sara Reagan in great speeches and Jacob Voss in informative speaking; Eagan’s Sophie Callahan in discussion and Justin Wirsbinski in serious interpretation-drama; and Eastview’s Erica Floding in extemporaneous reading and Alex Leehan in humorous interpretation.