Congratulations to Lincoln High School Senior, Elise Kalsnes, State Finalist and Silver Medalist at the Minnesota State High School League Class AA Speech Championship, Saturday (April 13th) in Wayzata.

Kalsnes, who is a 4th time State Speaker, was undefeated this season in Sub-Section and Section Competition and was ranked third, following preliminary competition, qualifying for the State Final Round in Great Speeches. Kalsnes fought through the top eight speakers in the State to ultimately tie for First and was awarded the Silver Medal following a tie breaking procedure.

Although she holds several awards, including two Section Titles, the State Medal was a long time dream for Kalsnes, who has been part of Thief River Falls Speech since her Sixth Grade Year at Franklin Middle School.

Kalsnes says speaking for the final time in State Finals was “bitter-sweet,” a moment she will remember for a lifetime.


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