Forensics team battles on the road to State Festival

Story by Michelle Ramirez

The Forensics team has done pretty well at their meets and only has a couple left to go.

They  had a tournament on March 11 at Hoisington. They were up against Pratt, TMP, Abilene, Beloit, Ell Saline and Ellis. The team placed seventh of 12 teams.

Senior Trent Adams placed second and qualified for State Champs in impromptu. He also placed fourth place in extemp. Junior Carson Lee placed fifth in impromptu and third in extemp. In prose, junior Jade Downs placed fifth and also qualified for the State Festival.

“My favorite thing about forensics is the meets because they are really fun,” Lee said.

They had a great tournament at Otis Bison on March 13. The schools they competed against were Hays, Hodgeman County, Hoisington, Ellinwood and Ellis. The team ended up placing fifth out of 11 schools.

Adams placed fifth in extemp and impromptu. He also placed sixth in informative. Freshman Katelynn McGraw and senior Kendall Davidson placed sixth place in impromptu duet acting. Lee placed third in extemp and second in impromptu. He also qualified for State Champs.

“It’s great to have qualified for State,” Lee said.

At the HOPL tournament on April 4 the team placed third. Nine out of the 11 members made finals. In extemp Lee placed second and Adams placed sixth. In original oration Jarod DeWeese placed sixth and Erik Ghumm placed seventh. Adams placed sixth in informative. In impromptu Adams placed third, Lee fourth, and Nelson placed fifth. Sophomore Madison Adams and McGraw placed sixth in duet acting. Sophomore Adison Hampton placed sixth in prose. In impromptu duet acting DeWeese and senior Brynn McKennon placed fourth, junior Josh Nelson and Davidson placed fifth.

“We have been doing good at meets. I feel like we could do better but we’ve been doing good so far,” Lee said.

The team will compete at Regionals on Saturday at Ellinwood. State festival and State Champs will be in Wichita on May 6.

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