Forensics team qualifies for finals at Lawrence Free state

The team competed on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9


By Anna Ricker

Before finals, sophomore Patty McClain practices her info and impromptu.

Anna Ricker, JAG assistant web editor

On Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, the Forensics team travelled to Southwest middle school for the Lawrence Free State Forensics tournament. Although the team did not place all together, there were multiple girls that placed in their events.

On Friday, sophomores Grace McLeod and Anna Owsley placed third in public forum debate.

By Anna Ricker
While timing herself, sophomore Courtney Mahugu performs her speech to practice her pacing and timing.

On Saturday, the team had three people become finalists in the tournament. Sophomore Patty McClain placed first in Informative speaking and sixth in Impromptu. Sophomore Courtney Mahugu took fourth in Impromptu and became a state qualifier, while senior Grace Johnson placed fourth in prose.

Johnson explains how breaking and making it into the finals works.

By Anna Ricker
While practicing her prose speech, senior Grace Johnson uses emotions and facial expressions to explain her story.

“There is three rounds before finals and there’s usually six to seven people in a round,” Johnson says. “To break, you usually want to get at least a three or higher and depending on how many people are competing in your event that determines what number you had to have over all to break.”

Johnson also explains how she also prepared for the event.

“[I worked with] Mr Sears, [who] does mostly the interp events. [At] my last practice we got [my routine] down to I know what my blocking is.” Johnson continues. “[I] use a book [and I] have to do this thing called book tech, [which is] where you hold it in a certain way and it’s an extension of your body.”

McClain, who broke in both of her events, explains what she broke in and how she broke in the tournament.

By Anna Ricker
Senior Grace Johnson and sophomore Courtney Mahugu prepare to practice for their events.

“I broke finals in impromptu speaking, which is where you find out a topic and you have five minutes to prepare a speech. I also broke in informative speaking,” McClain says. “[To break] means you are one of the top competitors in the tournament and you compete against the best of the best and go for a top placement.”

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