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Four Advance to Speech State Tournament

Four Hermantown students advanced to the Minnesota Speech State Tournament last weekend following competition at the section tournament. Senior Josie Harris advanced after placing second in Creative Expression, sophomores Finnian Cleary and Zach Ploetz advanced after notching a third place finish in the Duo category and eighth grader Elyana Hewitt earned her spot at the state tournament with a second place finish in Great Speeches. The state tournament is slated for Friday, April 23. 


Of the Hawks' 24 entries at the section tournament, 17 advanced into the final round, which tied for most in the section. Hermantown finished third out of the 15 member schools. 


Advancing to Speech State Tournament // Friday, April 23
  • Josie Harris, senior/captain - Creative Expression (2nd)
  • Finnian Cleary & Zach Ploetz, sophomores - Duo (3rd)
  • Elyana Hewitt, 8th grade - Great Speeches (2nd)