May 15, 2018
The Moorhead High speech team edged Lakeville North to win a third consecutive state speech team championship, and senior Izzy Larson etched her name in the record books by winning her third consecutive speech championship at the MSHSL Class AA State Speech Tournament April 20.
Larson advanced through subsections, sections and state on her way to the gold medal in poetry. She is the first Spud to earn four state medals, and she is just the fifth speaker in state history to win three Class AA state championships — the first to achieve the feat since 2005.
Junior Kaden Moszer earned the other gold medal for Moorhead, taking top honors in drama for his first state medal. Roseville and Apple Valley also earned two gold medals apiece. In all, 14 Spuds earned medals, the most of any school at this year’s tournament.
Five Moorhead High speech team members earned their second consecutive medal at the state tournament, including seniors Luke Seidel (2nd, Prose), Bridget McManamon (5th, Extemporaneous Speaking), and Ariana Grollman (2nd, Humor), and juniors Katherine Leiseth (6th, Extemporaneous Reading) and Sophia Klindt (5th, Humor).
Seven Spuds made their first trip to the state final round. They include juniors Neva Miller (5th, Great Speeches), Margaret Dickey (5th, Prose), Alex Seigel (6th, Storytelling) and Dylan Stage (7th, Drama), sophomore Claire Stoltenow (8th, Extemporaneous Speaking), and freshmen Greta Almlie and Stella Mehlhoff (7th, Duo).
The Spuds have won at least one gold medal at each of the last six state tournaments and have placed at least one speaker in finals for 24 straight years.
The Moorhead Spuds captured the Section 8AA title for the 24th consecutive season and saw a team-record of 27 entries qualify to advance to the state tournament. Moorhead was represented in all 13 categories at the state tournament.
Additionally, 12 Moorhead High speakers and four debaters have qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in June. National qualifiers are:
Humor: Ariana Grollman, Sophia Klindt
Drama: Luke Seidel, Jennie Hastings, Margaret Dickey
Duo: Luke Seidel and Sophia Klindt
U.S. Extemp. Speaking: Bridget McManamon
International Extemp. Speaking: Claire Stoltenow
Program Oral Interpretation (POI): Alyssa Haagenson, Izzy Larson
Informative: Anna Larson, Lance Morlock
Oratory: Lance Morlock, Meghan Johnson
Public Forum Debate: Joey Dispirito and Simon Beach, Jack Entzion and Tate Gilbertson.
Izzy Larson was named the 2018 Northern Lights Student of the Year. She will compete at Nationals in POI and is in the running for NSDA National Student of the Year, which is awarded during the national tournament.
Photo: Moorhead High’s Izzy Larson presents at the speech team’s open house “Shut Up and Say Something” last month. Larson earned a gold medal in poetry to win her third consecutive speech championship at the Minnesota State High School League Class AA State Speech Tournament April 20. Credit: Renée Grover
May 11, 2018
Moorhead High’s Jack Stetz jumps over the mitt of the third baseman for the Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders during a baseball game May 5 at Matson Field.
May 10, 2018
The phrase “Be the best you can be” hangs in Deb Booth’s classroom at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School. Booth, a literacy intervention teacher and this year’s Hopkins Teacher of the Year, believes developing joyful, lifelong learners is essential.
May 9, 2018
Several Horizon Middle School West Campus students received individual awards, and Moorhead teams placed third, fourth and seventh in the Grade 6 Regional Math Masters Tournament held in Moorhead on March 16.
May 8, 2018
Juniors Isaac Howe and Brook Carney participate in the Grand March at this year’s Moorhead High School prom, which was held May 5 at the school.
May 4, 2018
Moorhead High’s Drew Syverson winds up for a pitch in the early innings of the softball game against Fergus Falls on April 19 at Jim Gotta Stadium. The Spuds won 7-6.
May 3, 2018
Students in Wylie Wisnewski’s classroom learn science through Lego slot cars on racetracks, hydro plants, fish tanks, compost and more. Wisnewski emphasizes project-based learning to increase engagement of at-risk learners in his science classes at Red River Area Learning Center.
May 2, 2018
Moorhead High School band students joined the Dallas Brass during the inaugural concert in the Horizon Middle School Performing Arts Center April 21. Horizon East band students also performed with the Dallas Brass during “American Musical Journey.”
May 2, 2018
Moorhead High’s Braeton Wixo hurls a pitch against a Sauk-Rapids-Rice batter in the season and home opener for Spuds baseball at Matson Field on April 21.
May 1, 2018
A Moorhead Destination Imagination team, the Big Butter Sticks, is advancing to Global Finals after placing first at the 2018 Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament on April 21 in Champlin Park, Minn. Several fundraisers are scheduled to help the fifth-grade team travel to Global Finals on May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn.
May 1, 2018
Moorhead High’s Brycen Lunak serves during the first set of the boys tennis matchup against Perham on April 19. The Spuds played six matches between April 19 and April 23, using the new courts on the Horizon Campus for the first time with the game against Perham.