Muira MacRae, Zach Sanders, Merran Dingmann

The KROX Athletes of the week are the state-bound Crookston Pirate Speech team members, Merran Dingmann, Zach Sanders and Muira MacRae. Dingman and Sanders received a second-place medal for Duo Interpretation and Muira MacRae received a second-place medal for Discussion and they will advance to state on April 21 in Apple Valley.  

Merran Dingmann, is involved in Swimming, Treasurettes, Orchestra, LEO Club, Student Council, and she is a Boys Tennis manager.  She has been on the A Honor roll every semester and she has received the Crookston High School EXCEL and AAA Awards.
In speech, Merran was named the Most Valuable as a freshman.  In dance, she was all-conference two years and most dedicated dancer her sophomore year.  In swimming, Merran was a state tournament participant and was named most improved in ninth grade and the most valuable swimmer her junior year.

Zach Sanders, is involved in Choir, Pop Choir, One Act and Three Act play, speech and soccer.  He also received the Crookston High School AAA Award.  He is a captain in soccer and speech and finished first place at the section speech competition last year and finished fourth at the state competition.  He was a contestant in the Mr. CHS competition and has been seen singing the National Anthem before many of the Pirate basketball games.

Muira MacRae, is involved in Swimming, LEO Club, Orchestra, Community Theater.  She is on the honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.  She lifeguards at the Crookston community pool, and she works in a lab during the summers. In speech, she received the Most Improved award as a freshman.  

First started Speech-
Merran Seventh Grade
Zach – Tenth Grade
Muira – Seventh Grade

Your strengths in speech - 
Merran I have good facial expressions
Zach – Being able to change on the fly
Muira – Memorizing 382 articles
Part of your speech that needs work – 
Merran Voice differentiation
Zach - Physicality
Muira – Memorizing the other 400 articles.
Toughest opponent you’ve ever faced
Merran Ellie Hanson and Emma Burpo of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Zach - Ellie Hanson and Emma Burpo of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Muira – Savannah Ellison of Pequot Lakes
Biggest thrill in your speech career so far
Merran Going to state in eighth grade
Zach – Getting awards and medals
Muira – Making it to state this year, for the first time

Do you have a pre-competition ritual - 
Merran Fill up my water bottle and go to the bathroom before each round
Zach – Merran and I say a prayer before
Muira – I panic.  I panic a lot!

Favorite event  -
Merran - Creative
Zach – Duo Interpretation
Muira – Prose Interpretation

Favorite place to compete
Merran Red Lake County Central
Zach - Fosston
Muira - Bemidji
Last movie you’ve seen –
Merran Greatest Showman
Zach – Greatest Showman
Muira – Black Panther
Favorite TV program –
Merran Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Zach – Game of Thrones
Muira – Masterpiece Mystery

Favorite food –
Merran Chicken Alfredo
Zach - Pizza
Muira - Pears

What music are you listening to –
Merran - Pop
Zach - Showtunes
Muira – 50’s Rock and Roll
Something about you that people don’t know – 
Merran I’ve never been in a play at the high school, but have always wanted to
Zach – I was recently accepted to be in the Beauty and the Beast production at the Empire Theatre
Muira – I’m my parents favorite child

Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you –
Merran Katelyn Wagner, Luisa Bernia, and Kate MacGregor
Zach – Anna Huck, Gina Visness, and Blaine Asman
Muira – Bear Grylls, who else do you need?

Plans after graduation
Merran Going to MSU-Moorhead for Graphic Design and to swim
Zach – Going to the University of Minnesota and double-majoring in Theater Arts and Music Education
Muira – Attend UBC Vancouver for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy

Family - 

Dad Brian (Biology Professor at UMC)
Mom- Melissa (MSU-Moorhead Financial Aid Director)
BrotherGuthrie (Sophomore at St. Johns University)
Sister – Elsa (Sixth grader at Cathedral School)

Zach -
DadSteve (RBB Electric)
Mom- Laurie Clauson (Sacred Heart School)
SisterSophie Sanders (Sophomore at CHS)

Muira -
Dad – Ian (Professor of Entomology at UMC)
Mom – Colleen (Coordinator at the Northwestern Mental Health Center)



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