Sowers is State Speech Champion

Left to right: Coach David O’Brien, Clayton Rud (8th place), State Champion Jared Sowers, Zach Olson (4th place), and Coach Karen Lee. – Submitted Photo


Panther Speech had a great showing at the MSHSL Meet this past weekend in Blaine. The Panthers tied last year’s record of three medalists, but had two speakers place higher than ever before.


Four-time state competitor Jared Sowers topped his 7th place finish of 2013 by becoming State Champion in Storytelling.


Three-time state competitor Zach Olson exceeded his 6th place finish in 2012 with a 4th place finish in Discussion.


First-time state competitor Clayton Rud finished 8th in Creative Expression.


Of the 50 Class A schools with state finalists, the Panthers finished 9th overall, the highest rank ever for PPHS speech.


Sowers is first State Champion for PPHS in 39 Years

Jared Sowers achieved his goal of becoming the first speaker in PPHS history to become a State Champion. Sowers capped an exceptional speech career on Saturday, April 12, at the MSHSL Speech Meet in Blaine, when he was named State Champion in Storytelling.


He is only the second Panther in the school’s history to become an MSHSL champion. Sowers has achieved other significant records as well. He is a four-time Sub-Section Champion, a three-time Section Champion, and a four-time state speaker. He finishes his career with an outstanding 60 medals overall and 40 career wins.


Sowers presented Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence

Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), today announced that Jared Sowers of Parkers Prairie High School received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence at the 2014 Class A state high school speech tournament.


The award program is part of the Spotlight on the Arts campaign, a program established by Wells Fargo and the MSHSL to increase awareness for high school fine arts activities. Schools are chosen for the award if they receive a “star” rating from the independent festival judges.


Wells Fargo is the premier corporate sponsor of the MSHSL. This sponsorship helps offset the costs associated with tournaments and fine arts events for Minnesota students. It also supports programs such as the MSHSL High School Hall of Fame, along with the Challenge Cup, a program which selects the best Minnesota schools in Class A and Class AA for athletic and fine arts competitions.


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