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Lyons Forensics Novice Tourney

Tuesday, January 23rd was a great day for the Pratt Greenbacks when they came in first place as a team at the Lyons Novice Forensics Tournament. With 100 points earned, Pratt led the tournament in scoring out of nine teams. Campus High School earned 63 points for second place, and TMP received 59 points for third place as a team.


The team came home with 15 medals out of the 16 entries Pratt entered in the tournament. Eight of those medals qualified for state festival competition, with four gold medals and four silver.


The gold medals went to everyone from new seniors in the program to freshman – all competing at their first forensics tourney. Senior Kimberly Allen-Thompson won in Poetry, while senior Blake Becker and freshman Colby Barradas earned the gold in Duet Acting.


Two students triple-entered, and they both succeeded with five medals between them. Sophomore Donovan McAbee followed in the strong McAbee forensics tradition, as he earned first place in Serious Solo. His older sister had made it to state finals in serious solo several years ago. McAbee also earned 5th place in Impromptu Speaking and sixth in duet with freshman, Bella Barker. Meanwhile, freshman Ruby Howell came home with the gold in Informative Speaking and the bronze in Extemporaneous Speaking, in addition to competing in Impromptu Speaking.


Students also brought home four silvers, and they qualified to compete in state festival as a result. In Duet Acting, freshmen Rafe Donnenwerth and Hogan Thompson earned second, along with Donnenwerth and sophomore Kurtis Veninga in Improvised Duet Acting. Veninga also received silver for Impromptu Speaking, while Barradas also made it to second in Serious Solo.


In addition to the state qualifiers, students made it to finals in additional events. Earning third place were the following: senior Becker in Humorous Solo, and sophomores Abby Zang and Brooke Farr in Duet. In fourth place were Allen-Thompson in Oration and freshman Izabella Barker in Serious Solo.


Third-and-fourth-year forensics students may judge at novice tournaments. Seniors Elise Coykendall and Kevin Johnson, and juniors Aubrey Meyers, Hailey Hewatt, and Alesha Bergner all judged at the tournament – which is a volunteer service that all tournaments need to run smoothly.


With a great start to the season in both varsity and novice events, the PHS Greenbacks are hoping to continue with their successes. Next, they travel to Kinsley on Saturday, Jan. 27th for an open tournament.

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