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State Debate and Forensics Updates

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588615b53a489 State Debate Participants

State Debate Participants

This past weekend was an eventful one for Pratt High Greenbacks in Debate and Forensics. Three Pratt High students showed heart and hard work at state debate on January 20th and 21st, and while they didn't make it past the elimination rounds, they displayed the qualities in competition that had brought them to state: optimism, good cheer, encouragement, and a can-do spirit. Sophomore Hailey Hewatt and junior Elise Coykendall competed well and with heart. Novice and freshman Amee Hidalgo observed state as the debater with the most novice points.
Also, Forensics had its first successful weekend out in its long season that will now extend until early May. Greenbacks came in 3rd at the Clearwater forensics tournament, and they qualified four events for state championships, three for state festival, plus ten entries made it into finals overall.
Qualifying for state championships were the following: #1 - sophomore Alesha Bergner in Oration and junior Kevin Johnson in Extemporaneous Speaking; #2 sophomore Ryleigh Cook in Informative Speaking and Bergner in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Qualifying for state festival included these entries: #3 Cook in Impromptu Speaking, #4 Bergner iin Impromptu also, and #4 sophomore Jeff Kiley and junior Kedric Spurgin in Improvised Duet Acting.
Making it into finals were #3 Johnson in Oration, #4 senior Joseph Stewart in Serious Solo, and #6 Kiley in Humorous Solo. Adding points to the Greenback team trophy were junior Amber Jellison Harris, freshman Isabel Thornock, and sophomore Caden Donnenwerth.
Next, Greenback forensics students travel to Kingman where they will compete on January 28th against 12 teams including Hutchinson and Buhler.

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