Pratt High School Forensics took two teams out for competition on Sat. Jan. 25th — varsity to Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita, and junior varsity to South Barber in Kiowa. Qualifying two students for state championships and medaling nine events, the day was a success for the growing team.
With 52 students on the Greenback team, Coach Rose Beilman has decided to add more competitive tournaments to the schedule, ones which are more similar to what the team will see at Topeka in May at state 4A champs.
For this reason, she selected the Kapaun tourney as the first varsity competition.
Varsity faced 6A and 5A powerhouses such as Maize High School, Hutchinson, and Newton, who took the first three sweeps trophies in the four-round tourney.
Despite the 25-team competition, Junior Courtney Blankenship still came in first place with her dramatic interpretation, thus earning a spot for the state championships.
Also medaling at that tournament were the following: senior Sidney Harrison with third in Humorous Interpretation, junior Joseph Loomis with fourth in Informative Speaking, and sophomores Charity Violetti and Hailee Colerick with sixth in Duet Acting.
At South Barber's 13-team competition, the Greenback JV earned third overall with junior Elee Hampton earning a second place in Informative Speaking and qualifying for state champs.
Also medaling at the three-round tourney were the following: sophomore Valeria Venegas with fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking, junior Taylor Willard and sophomore Sienna Swinford with fourth in Improvised Duet Acting (IDA), sophomores Shei Smiley and Sammie Harrison with fifth in IDA, and sophomore Klasee Crawford with seventh in Original Oration.
Assistant coaches Chris Lyman and Kyle Farmer assisted Beilman with both tournaments.
Next, the Greenback forensics team heads to Sterling on Saturday, Feb. 1, followed by hosting their home tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8, in which over 100 community judges will volunteer and 16 teams will compete.