Pratt High Forensics remained competitive during their third week of the speech and acting season, even as they hosted an invitational tournament for 14 other teams on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Attending the Medicine Lodge tournament on Feb. 7th, the team came home with a fourth place trophy in the 20-team competition, also qualifying one person for state champs and medaling in four events.
Junior Quiana Pico earned second overall with her serious solo, which qualified her for state championships, while junior Adele Loomis battled her way to third in both oration and extemporaneous speaking.
In his first tournament of the season, sophomore Joshua Ash earned a sixth-place medal with his informative speech.
After the Thursday tourney at Medicine Lodge, the team turned around to host its own invitational competition on Saturday. Unlike most competitive activities, forensics teams do not attend their own tournaments, but they host for other schools. This provides more invitations to attend area tournaments for Pratt, plus it's a helpful fund-raiser for the team. It also allows for more impartial judging.
At the home tournament, almost 100 community members participated by judging for PHS. In addition, forensics parents and friends hosted the hospitality room.
With 49 team members hosting the tournament, led by head coach Rose Beilman and assistant coaches Chris Lyman and Kyle Farmer, the invitational helped 14 teams and around 200 area students get a chance to go for the gold and for an opportunity to qualify for state champs or for state festival.