The forensics team travelled to Olathe Northwest and Blue Valley West for their tournaments on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. Although they did not place as a team at either tournament, multiple students placed in individual events.
At the ONW tournament, freshman Taylor Doyle and Grace Emerson placed first in novice Public Forum Debate, sophomore Courtney Mahugu took sixth in Congressional Debate, freshman Noah Reed placed third in Congressional Debate and junior Cael Duffin took fifth in Congressional Debate. Additionally, junior Annie Bogart placed ninth out of 75 students and made it to the impromptu semifinals.
At Blue Valley West on Saturday, juniors Camryn Vitt and Aidan Thomas placed first in DUO interpretation, Emerson placed fifth in informative speaking, Thomas placed fifth in dramatic interpretation, Vitt placed first in impromptu and junior Noah Hookstra placed fifth in domestic extemporaneous speaking.
“Forensics is competitive speaking and acting,” senior Grace Johnson said. “You can [either] write a speech and perform it in front of a judge and [have] a whole seven to ten minutes to yourself [or there is] the more theatrical side. [In the theatrical side] there’s funny sections, there’s dramatic sections, there’s even ones where you do it with a partner.”
Freshman Max Gosch felt the team did well.
“I thought I did alright. It’s [a] big tournament [and] I didn’t get into finals. [But] I thought the team did really good, we had one person make it to the semi finals, we’re [still] improving.” Gosch says. “I like the freedom of [Forensics]. There [is] a wide range of events and I really like that.”