4/19/2017 3:47:00 PM Byron places five at section speech
By David Richards
Five Byron students placed in the top six in their respective categories during the section speech tournament, held April 8 at Byron High School.
The top three earn the right to compete at the state speech meet at Apple Valley High School that begins at 10:15 a.m. on April 22.
Junior Sydney Holets, a longtime performer for Byron High School in both speech and drama, is the Bears' lone state qualifier, placing second in the Serious Interpretation - Poetry category.
Her poetry involves selections that deal with eating disorders.
"She's got a lot of natural talent and has been working hard," speech coach Pam Tvedt said. "It just all came together at the right time."
Holets is no stranger to the stage.
In the past year alone, she performed in Byron's production of "Cheaper by the Dozen," the one-act play, "A Mad Breakfast," and is one of the lead female characters in the upcoming, "Spamalot."
Other Byron section placers include: Maddie Harris and Josiah Rutgers, who placed fourth in the duo category, Megan Wilde, who placed sixth in prose and Janani Ranatunga, who placed sixth in story telling.
Hayfield's Tucker Cordle competed in the discussion category, but did not make it to the finals.