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Wrenshall speech students strike gold

Neil Porter and Chloe Swanson of Wrenshall High School receive their plaques for their first-place finish in the Duo Interpretation category of the Minnesota State High School League’s State Speech Tournament. Contributed Photo 1 / 2
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Wrenshall School made a little history of its own when two of its students took gold at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Class A State Speech Tournament, held Saturday, April 12, in Blaine. It was the first time anyone from Wrenshall has won first place at a state meet.

Wrenshall’s Neil Porter and Chloe Swanson won the gold medal in the Duo Interpretation category. Duo Interpretation, according to the MSHSL rules, “features two students interpreting together one or more selections from a single published source or a single anthology of prose, poetry and/or dramatic literature, serious and/or humorous.” Students can portray multiple characters, but cannot use costumes or props.

Also a Class A medalist was Wrenshall’s Masen Virginia, who placed eighth in Serious Interpretation-Drama.

Others participating were Jonah LaFave in Humorous Interpretation, Brennan Rilea in Serious Interpretation-Drama, Brianna Wolf in Serious Interpretation-Poetry and Delaney Belcastro in Serious Interpretation-Prose.

In addition, Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the MSHSL, announced that Porter and Swanson received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence at the speech tournament.

The award program is part of the Spotlight on the Arts campaign, a program established by Wells Fargo and the MSHSL to increase awareness for high school fine arts activities.  Students are chosen for the award if they receive a “star” rating from the independent festival judges.