Forensics Team Dominates Caney Tournament

Competing at the Caney Forensics Tournament January 30-31, the Southeast Forensics team put in its most dominant performance of recent history, capturing 1st place at the nine-school tournament with 201 sweepstakes points. Pittsburg and Girard finished second and third with 183 and 158 points, respectively.

On Friday, Southeast students competed in Congressional Debate and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Junior Ashleigh Fleck won 4th place in Congress House A. David Willis, senior, won 3rd place in Congress House B. Will Chrysler, competing in Lincoln-Douglas for his first time, walked away with a 4th place finish.

Returning on Saturday for the individual events portion of the tournament, the Southeast squad quickly started racking up important preliminary scores that catapulted 16 of the team’s 25 entries into finals, the most of any school.

Arguably the most dominant performance was in Dramatic Interpretation where the Southeast squad seized four of the six spots in finals, including a sweep of the top three places. Southeast also advanced two finalists in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative, Prose, Poetry, Humorous Interpretation, and Duet Acting.

Individual results are as follows: Ryley Slifka- 5th place, International Extemporaneous and 4th place, Duet Acting, Will Chrysler, 4th place, International Extemporaneous, 1st place, Duet Acting and new state qualifier, Daniel Schuller- 1st place, Duet Acting and new state qualifier, Diane Bennett- 4th place, Informative, Chandler Gravett- 4th place, Duet Acting and 3rd place, Informative, Rachel Files- 2nd place, Prose and new state qualifier, Hannah Files, 3rd place, Prose, 2nd place, Dramatic Interpretation and new state qualifier, Savana Bennett- 6th place, Poetry and 3rd place, Humorous Interpretation, Dietrich Smith- 3rd place, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation and new state qualifier, Aubrey Colvin- 3rd place, Poetry and 1st place, Dramatic Interpretation, and Robyn Nabors- 6th place, Dramatic Interpretation.

This was such an amazing tournament. When I saw the scores the students got after the first round, I knew we could be in for a really big day. Even then I never imagined we would do as well as we did. And to see the kids’ reaction when we won 1st place as a team really made this a tournament for the ages.


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