Zimmerman sophomore Sylvia Michels placed second in her category at the state high school speech contest on Friday.
In the Class A meet at Chanhassen, Michels performed a piece from “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath in the Serious Prose category.
She placed second behind Morgan Potter of Windom.
There are 13 categories and the top eight are chosen in each.
Michels’ teacher is Angie Bickman.