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East Ridge Speech Team ranks in nationals

From left, front row: McCrossen Schiller, Gabby Franus, Jayden Ogbodo. Back row: Joey Engh, Ruth Erikstrup, Makehba Nelson, Tony May, Tre’ Edgerton. Courtesy of South Washington County Schools

DENVER — Five East Ridge High School students placed in speech contest categories at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions May 11-13.

Tre' Edgerton won second place in Original Oratory, Jayden Ogbodo won third place in Poetry, Tony May won fifth place in Humorous Interpretation, Gabby Franus won eight place in Humorous Interpretation and Makehba Nelson won 11th place in Original Oratory.

The East Ridge team ranked third overall in the large school division.

Eight members of the East Ridge team competed in tournament with 900 students from around the country. All of the East Ridge team members finished in the top 60.