Krista Lange (2003)
During her athletic career, Krista established herself among the best female golfers in school history at both of her alma matters - Forest Lake High School and the University of Montana. As a varsity athlete for the Rangers, Krista was an SEC All-Conference selection and an individual state tournament participant for six straight seasons, finishing 2nd at state in 2002 and winning the conference meet four straight years. After graduating from Forest Lake in 2003, she earned All-Conference first team honors twice in college, was Academic All-America in 2006 and finished her career as Montana’s all-time leader in both career scoring average (78.02) and lowest three-round total (215).
One of the most renowned high school debate coaches in state history, Dorothy oversaw the Forest Lake program from 1983 to 1995, and again from 2003 - 2005. During her tenure, Forest Lake was section champion seven times, and she led 31 of her teams to the state tournament. In 1986, the combined Forest Lake speech and debate team placed 5th at nationals. She was inducted into the MSHSL Hall of Fame in 1996. She has also received the national Double-Diamond Award. But one of her most noteworthy accomplishments was the Flake Stakes tournament, which she initiated in 1984.
Susan Swanson Novak
Susan was a teacher, coach and integral part of one of the most dominant speech dynasties in the state during her 16-year career. Starting in 1982, Susan coached more than 200 speech competitors, including 23 state medalists, and she earned the National Forensic League’s prestigious Double-Diamond award. By the time Susan retired in 1998, Forest Lake held the state record for most all-time state champions, with 39 – six of whom she personally coached, including Caroline Nerhus, who won state championships in both 1995 and 1996.