The LHS forensics squad competed at the state competition May 4th and 5th at Washburn-Rural High School, having one member earn a state championship in her event and multiple others receiving awards.
“[The squad’s morale was] happy and proud, but hungry for more success,” forensics and debate coach, Claire Haflich said.
Senior Chloe Philgreen took 1st in Interpretation of Prose to become a state champion in her event. Junior Beckett Rasmussen placed 3rd and sophomore Chelsea Philgreen placed 9th in Humorous Solo Acting respectively. Freshman Jenna Ghannam placed 3rd and junior Jaye Fire placed 9th in Original Oration. Juniors Gabe Rader and Logan McClellan took 11th in Duet Acting with their comedy piece. Sophomore Gus Faulkner placed 14th in Serious Solo Acting as the lone LHS competitor in that event.
“Last year we only had 4 events in semifinals (top 12), one in finals (top 6) and placed 12th overall, this year we had 6 in semifinals, 3 in finals, an event champion, and were 8th overall, “ Haflich said. Each competitor(s) would go into a room with a judge and perform their piece. They would then go out and wait to perform two more pieces. The judges would then decide what competitors break and move on to the final round. The squad has many students compete this year with much more success than in previous years.
“It was amazing! It felt like everything I had worked for had paid off. I honestly think the squad continues to get better and better every year. I’m excited to see what they do and support from the sidelines,” senior Chloe Philgreen said.
Most of the squad will return next year to compete for higher titles, so the squad will look to continue success, but it will be without Haflich, who recently accepted a position at Piper High School.
“Many of these students felt like they have even more to bring to the table and want to return next year to place even higher,” Haflich said.