WEST FARGO, N.D (special to NewsDakota.com) -The Valley City High School Hi-Liner Speech team had a successful start of their travel season this past Saturday, February 1st when they traveled to the West Fargo High School Packer Speech Invitational.

The Hi-Liners did not travel the last two weekends due to the blizzard on the weekend of January 18th and the Cafe Concert on the weekend of January 25th.

At the Packer Speech Invite the Hi-Liners placed 1st out of 8 teams with 246 sweepstakes points ahead of 2nd place Enderlin-MV (118 points) and West Fargo Sheyenne (61 points). Altogether, the Hi-Liners qualified 9 events to the NDHSAA State Class Tournament in April.

Individual Results are as follows:
Serious Duo: Brynn Hagen/Steph Hoffarth (6th), Olivia Slyter/Lillian Kiefert (3rd), Brinklyn Johnson/Owen Plagens (1st and State Qualified)
Speech to Entertain: Alexis Wobbema (8th), Nadja Mueller (7th), Dylan Quick (4th), Aurora Ziniel (3rd), Elizabeth Gazeley (2nd and State Qualified on A/B split)
Extemporaneous Programmed Reading: Reagan Berg (Top Novice), MJ Lorenz (7th), Brinklyn Johnson (5th), Lily Douglass (3rd), Olivia Slyter (1st and State Qualified)
Extemporaneous Speaking: Abby Redfearn (5th), Lillian Kiefert (4th), Madi Klabo (4th), Luke Plagens (1st and State qualified)
Serious Prose: Skye Auka (5th), MJ Lorenz (4th), Ariana Abrahamson (2nd and State Qualified on A/B split)
Speech to Inform: Emmalee Jones (8th), Aurora Ziniel (5th)
Dramatic: Lillian Kiefert (2nd), Madi Klabo (1st and State Qualified)
Humorous: Benjamin Kruta (8th), Morgan Jenner (5th), Owen Plagens (3rd)
Radio Broadcasting: Kendra Green (8th), Jerrica Eldridge (6th)
Poetry: Cassie Mundal (7th), Lily Douglass (6th), Lillian Kiefert (3rd), Olivia Slyter (1st and State Qualified)
Storytelling: Cassie Mundal (8th), Amelia Meester (6th), Steph Hoffarth (4th), Elizabeth Gazeley (3rd), Sophie Boe (2nd and State Qualified on A/B Split)
Impromptu Speaking: Maisie Leick (7th), Madi Klabo (5th), Luke Plagens (2nd)
Speech to Persuade: Madi Klabo (6th), Brinklyn Johnson (4th), Elizabeth Gazeley (3rd), Olivia Slyter (2nd), Luke Plagens (1st and State Qualified)
Humorous Duo: Abby Redfearn/Reagan Berg (Top Novice), Teddy Hochhalter/Kendra Green (8th),
Benjamin Kruta/Isaac Abrahamson (7th), Emmalee Jones/Steph Hoffarth (5th), Dylan
Quick/Sophie Boe (3rd)
Next up for the VCHS Hi-Liner Speech Team is the Saint Mary’s Central Capital City Lion’s Speech Tournament this Saturday at SMCHS High School in Bismark. It will be the first time, VCHS sees a lot of schools from the Western side of the state. It will be the largest tournament, VCHS attends all year.

(photo courtesy of Nicholas Lee)