Habiger and Ragland are the 2017 6A state champions in duet acting.

Head coach of the Dodge City High School forensics team, Anne Kaiser, has dreamed of taking home a state championship since she started teaching. On May 6, her dream came true.

“It is with ‘out of this world’ pride that we announce the forensics team of Joshua Habiger and Jeremy Ragland as the 2017 6A state champions in duet acting for the state of Kansas,” Kaiser said. “We are on cloud nine.”

Assistant coaches include Andrea Keck and Judy Demuth. Ragland and Habiger are both juniors.

In the past, the DCHS forensics team has won second, third, fourth and fifth place titles in the state tournament.

“My dream has come true for us to win, thanks to these terrific students,” Kaiser stated. “They’re totally my kids and I’m just thrilled that they want to do this and be a part of a team. They give us their best effort, what more can you ask for than that?”

The forensics team is derived from a one-semester forensics class offered at the high school. The class travels to a different location every weekend throughout the semester to compete in multiple categories of speech, drama and oral interpretation.

To qualify for state, a student must place first or second in an invitational tournament held during the school year.

Other students who attended the state tournament were Juliet Miller and Lizette Moreno, duet acting; Dario Lozano and Emilie Alfonso, duet acting; Maria Martinez, solo acting, humorous and impromptu speaking; Oyuki Comacho, impromptu speaking and Alana Scharth, prose interpretation.

During a typical competition, students will perform in three 90-minute rounds in their selected category with 5-6 other students. The students perform in front of a panel of judges who rank the students based on their performance. After every group performs, the judges post the rankings from each category and the finalists then compete against each other. The higher the student is ranked in a round, the more points their team will receive for the sweepstakes.

“Students back east who competed in this tournament take private lessons to win,” said Kaiser. “I want to thank the Lord for giving this honor to the students, the forensics team and the coaches. There is no feeling like this.”

There were 14 students who received state titles in speech and drama including Ragland and Habiger. The sweepstake winner of this tournament was Blue Valley High School in Overland Park.

“We coaches are proud of all our state and state champion students,” Kaiser stated. “Thank you for setting the goal to reach the top competition.”

Kaiser stated that they are already looking forward to next years competition and have began preparations.

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