The last opportunity for students to qualify for State Festival was Monday and Tuesday.
The last two regular season meets were at South Central Monday and Pretty Prairie on Tuesday this week.
Forensics has a total of seven participants. Juniors Brynn McKennon and Trent Adams started off as first year members. Sophomores Jade Downs, Sydney Koirth and Carson Lee were out for their second year. Junior Jarod DeWeese was in his third and senior Jessica DeWeese participated in her fourth year. The team was sponsored by Anita DeWeese.
The team competed at Bucklin last Monday and went to the HOPL meet at Fairfield last Tuesday. They had two entries at Bucklin and six at HOPL. Anita said some teams had as many as 35-40 entries, which made it tough to compete.
Flexibility was a key component. With the students involved in so many activities it was often hard to find times to practice and meet. Many students were trying out new categories for events.
Impromptu Duet Acting, solo acting, impromptu, duet acting, prose and poetry were just a few events students participated in.
“My main focus is for each student to compete at the best of his/her ability,” Anita said. “All I ask of each student is to go and do his/her best every time.”
Another focus for students was to build confidence and public speaking skills.
“Everyone will have to speak in public at some point,” Anita said.
The team hoped for a successful season.
Downs and Jessica placed 5th in IDA and Jessica placed 6th in Informative with a speech about 4-H at the HOPL meet.
At the Pretty Prairie meet the team placed eighth out of 11 teams. Jessica and Jarod placed fifth in IDA. In Informative, Jessica placed sixth.
Three members qualified for State. Lee and McKennon placed third and qualified for the State competition. Downs placed third and also qualified for State in Prose.