Speaking Proudly

An Oratory Competition for Minnesota Girls

Sponsored by Metro Republican Women


Congratulations to the winners!

First Place

Meaghen Katherine McManus
Woodbury
“On This Rock”

Second Place

Mary Helen Kracht
West St. Paul
“The Homocide That’s Killing Our Nation”

Third Place

Olivia Sunshine McNair
Ottertail
“It’s All About the Benjamins”

A great day for all our competitors

– and for our republic.

Saturday, October 26, was a memorable day for the seventeen girls from all over Minnesota. The competitors in the inaugural Speaking Proudly oratory competition:

  • Demonstrated their research, writing and speaking skills
  • Earned praise and helpful critiques from distinguished judges
  • And made their families, friends and hometowns proud

In addition to the three finalists listed above, the competitors and their speech titles are:

Mercedies Ann Bjorklund, Perham
“A Better Future for Our Veterans”

Gabriella I. Braaten, Lake Elmo
“On the Current Crisis and Restoration of American Education”

Jillian Ruth Dore, Long Lake
“Optimistic Opinion”

Paraskevi Priscilla Dokos, Minneapolis
“Maintaining America as a Republic: Horrific Factory Conditions in the Industrial Revolution”

Grace Ellen Gleisner, Nicollet
“An Examination of the Benefits of Republican Government and Strategies for Keeping It”

Kaylee Lynn Guetter, Elgin
“The People”

Isabella Grace Vander Lugt, Woodbury
“A Republic Unkempt”

Susan Grace Mettler, Spring Valley
“America: A Great Love Affair”

Darby Rose O’Neil, Farmington
“Service Shop”

Marija Frances Phelps, Virginia
“With Liberty and Justice for All”

Alexis Ashley Posel, Cottage Grove
“The Road to Recovery – Police and Communities Relationship”

Charis A. E. Vogt, Mendota Heights
“Out of Bounds”

Hannah F. Winnick, Forest Lake
“Diversity of Thought”

Chloe Anne Whiteford, Otsego
“The Silent Enemy”