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District 196 students won 27 of the 104 total medals awarded at this year’s Class AA state speech tournament held April 21 at Apple Valley High School.

Medals are awarded at the state tournament for places one through eight in the final round of each of the 13 categories of competition. Apple Valley High School students finished with 12 medals and took second place in the team sweepstakes, Eagan High School students earned eight medals and took third place as a team and Eastview High School students won seven medals.

Jane Michaelson of Apple Valley won the state championship in original oratory. Five District 196 students were state runners-up: Angela Hugunin of Eagan in extemporaneous reading, Ross Abram of Eastview in extemporaneous speaking, Jonathan David of Eagan in informative speaking, Micaela Garcia of Apple Valley in serious interpretation of poetry and Zakkiyah Sanders of Apple Valley in serious interpretation of prose. Third-place medals were awarded to Jenna Herbrand and Joshua Drucker of Eagan in duo interpretation, Jordan Homstad of Eastview in extemporaneous reading, Tram Nguyen of Eagan in original oratory, Arianna Rotty of Apple Valley in serious interpretation of drama, Uzo Ngwu of Apple Valley in serious interpretation of poetry and Emily Albert-Stauning of Eagan in serious interpretation of prose.

District 196 students who medaled in places four through eight are as follows:

  • 4th Place — Three medals: Apple Valley’s Kate Brause in great speeches and Emilia Galchutt in informative speaking, and Eagan’s Brianna Sexton in storytelling.
  • 5th Place — Seven medals: Eastview’s Campbell Bernstein in creative expression, Osman Mansur in extemporaneous speaking, Elizabeth Oberle in great speeches and Caleb Rotman in serious interpretation of drama, and Apple Valley’s Rickey Williams in original oratory, Liza Rotty in serious interpretation of poetry and Dominique Paulk in storytelling.
  • 6th Place — Four medals: Apple Valley’s Linnea Prehn in creative expression and Ian Jarvi in humorous interpretation, and Eagan’s Atulya Reddy in great speeches and Elsie Goren in informative speaking.
  • 8th Place — One medal: Aunya Mukherjee of Eastview in extemporaneous reading.

A total of 56 District 196 students qualified to compete at this year’s state tournament and half of them advanced to the final round in their category to earn medals.

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