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Conner Monsees, Harrisburg, left, and Michael Buchanan, Aberdeen, participate in a crossfire questioning during the final round of Varsity Public Forum at the McGovern Forensics Invitational Saturday at Mitchell High School. Buchanan and teammate, Emily Pederson, won the rounds in a 3-0 decision. (Chris Huber/Republic)

Students from 15 schools totaled more than 400 entries as they competed in the McGovern Forensics Invitational Friday and Saturday at Mitchell High School.

The Mitchell High School students had a strong showing at the invitational with several students placing in both the individual speaking events and debate portion of the tournament.

In the individual speaking events portion of the tournament, Mason Wenzel won the Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking event and Aaron Krumholz took fifth.

Mitchell also had three students in the final round of Novice Extemporaneous Speaking with Ryan Solberg placing third, Justin Syring placing fourth and Kendra Zirpel placing seventh,

In International Extemporaneous Speaking, Matthew Schilling placed second.

In the debate portion of the tournament, Mitchell also took home several awards.

Landon Pooley and Justin Syring won the Novice Public Forum Debate and the team of Grace Grabenstein and Kristina Luczak placed second.

In Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate, the team of Aaron Krumholz and Abe Kalovsky placed Third.

In Varsity Public Forum Debate, the team of Mason Wenzel and Matt Schilling placed third, narrowly missing the final round with 143 total points versus 146 by the Harrrisburg team Kabambi and 147 by the Aberdeen team.