Sydney Holets, a Byron High School junior, competed in the state speech tournament held April 22 at Apple Valley High School.
She placed fourth in each of her preliminary rounds, competing as one of the top 24 students in the state for the poetry category. She did not advance to the final round.
"Sydney put forth a solid set of performances," speech coach Pam Tvedt said. "All in all, it was a strong conclusion to a great speech season for Sydney."
Holets, a longtime performer for Byron High School in both speech and drama, was the Bears' lone state qualifier, placing second in the Serious Interpretation - Poetry category during the section tournament.
Her poetry involved selections that dealt with eating disorders.
"She's got a lot of natural talent and has been working hard," Tvedt said following the district meet. "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 included: 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.