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Kiowa County Novice Invitational

Thursday, Feb. 23rd, the Greenbacks forensics team won again in a field of 16 teams Even after losing four students to illness and ineligibility, the novice team won with 186 points over Dodge City (158), Sterling (155), and 13 other teams at the Kiowa County Novice Invitational where only new forensics performers can compete for the chance to qualify for state festival.

Pratt brought more students to finals than any other team, with ten events, and the Greenbacks qualified three of those for the chance to compete at state festival. Freshman Amee Hidalgo had a stellar night, earning her way into finals in three events: Oration, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous Speaking. She also qualified her Oration with a strong second place finish.
 
Qualifying for state festival also, Freshman Camdon Nickelson surprised himself and the team when he earned 1st place in Impromptu Speaking. Coach Rose Beilman only put him in this event when she wanted him double-entered in the tournament, despite his hesitation in trying out a new event. Every round he earned 1st place, and he kept that lead by the end of the night, earning one judge's note, "Wowser!" 
 
Freshmen Kahrie Stegman and Elly Fowler earned second place in Duet Acting, earning a place at state festival (while Stegman also competed in Impromptu Speaking, earning 3rd place.) Fowler dealt with the beginnings of illness by the finals round, but she finished strong in her duet with Stegman.
 
All seven of the students who made it to the tourney made it into finals with at least one of their events, and the Greenbacks dominated the Impromptu finals, with four of the six competitors from Pratt. 
 
Sophomore Caden Donnenwerth earned two spots in finals, with a bronze in Humorous Solo, and with a 6th in Impromptu Speaking - this despite having an injury from his basketball game Tuesday night and despite getting around on crutches.
 
Sophomore Madalynn Wilson made it to fifth in Humorous Solo, also, while freshman Nick Brown earned fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
 
Because it was a novice tournament, Pratt also had to bring judges, varsity students in their third or fourth year of competition in forensics. Juniors Amber Jellison Harris and Kedric Spurgin pitched in when two other varsity students were ill, while juniors Elise Coykendall and Kevin Johnson also judged.
 
In spite of illness, injuries, and ineligibility, the Greenback forensics team showed the grit, valor, and stamina that Pratt High School is noted for, and these novice stars showed their ability to shine at the tournament.

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