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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pratt High earns Leading Chapter award from National Forensics League

  • Public invited to a competition showcase Sunday afternoon.
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  • On Saturday, April 19th, while most of the team took a break from tournaments, two juniors traveled to Salina for the Western Kansas National Forensics League District Meet to compete for nationals. While there, the students and their coach, Rose Beilman, received a strong surprise when Chairman Nicholas Owen of Salina Central presented the Pratt High Forensics team with the NFL Western Kansas Leading Chapter Award, for points earned in the past year.
    This award is given to the leading chapter in the district each year, and no team can receive it more than once every five years.
    According to the National Forensics League, “This coveted honor, based on student participation, is the highest recognition the League can bestow upon a chapter.”
    Of more than 3,000 schools nationwide, Pratt High School is one of only 109 nation-wide to receive the award for the number of degrees earned by students.
    At the district tournament – more similar to Pratt’s state competition in Topeka than a regular tournament – juniors Courtney Blankenship and Joseph Loomis competed. Blankenship made it to 7th in the district after getting into semi-finals with her oration, while missing 6th place and finals in a tiebreaker. Loomis brought his oration, and Blankenship also brought her dramatic interpretation.
    Earlier in the week, Pratt High forensics students had also competed at Pretty Prairie’s Last Chance Tournament on Tuesday, April 15th. While there, three more events qualified for State Championships: Caleb Hitz with 1st place in Informative Speaking, David Schotte with 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Jacob Schaefer and Ethan Sharp with 2nd in Improvised Duet Acting.
    At this point, the team has qualified 33 events for State Championships (Champs) and 11 for State Festival. According to KSHSAA rules, the team may only bring 16 events to Champs, however. As a result, Pratt High will bring 16 events to Topeka’s Championship and 18 events to Wichita East for Festival.
    A Showcase on Sunday, April 27th at Liberty Middle School’s Auditorium will highlight these performances with times and schedule below:
    2 p.m. Performances:
    Courtney Blankenship, Elee Hampton, Lauren Voss, Lauren Beardsley, Charity Violetti, Hailee Colerick, Zach Stone, Cassie Van Slyke, Ethan Sharp, Colton Doggett, Joshua Ash, Austin Boshart, Delaney Skaggs.
    3:30 p.m. Performances:
    Quiana Pico, Matt Loomis, David Schotte, Laurisa McAbee, Joseph Loomis, Vanessa Stelter, Keisha Briggeman, Garrett Johnston, Dustin McGraw, Kelcy Koster, Gloria Schumacher, Sammie Harrison, Sidney Harrison
    5 p.m. Performances:
    Adele Loomis, Johnathon Hurt, Jacob Schaefer, Caleb Hitz, Miranda Flemming, Cole Fincham, Evan Fowler, Chloe Cannata, Katie Buhler
    Audience members may enter the auditorium up to 15 minutes before the start time of the group they want to see, but they will need to be quiet due to students performing in an earlier group. This showcase is also the perfect time to take pictures or videotape family members. Admission is free. For more information, contact coach Rose Beilman at rose.beilman@usd382.com.
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