The Great Bend High School Forensic Team competed in the Nickerson Forensic Tournament on Saturday, Febr. 26. Eleven students competed and brought home 10 medals. They had four State Speech Championship qualifiers and placed fourth overall in sweepstakes. 29 schools competed at the tournament. The rankings are as follows:
In poetry, freshman Michael Gieck placed first out of 75 entries, qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May. "As a freshman and to qualify to state it was exciting," said Gieck, "I was literally shaking. Everyone did great."
In duet acting, freshmen Trina Schlotthauer and Courtney Seever placed sixth out of 42 entries.
In extemporaneous speaking, sophomore Mickie McNett placed fifth and senior Sawyer Borror placed first, qualifying him for the State Tournament. "It was exciting to compete against other schools and really cool to qualify to state," said Borror
In informative, freshman Kelci Kearns placed fifth out of 36 entries and freshman Seever placed second, qualifying her for State.
In original oration, out of 37 entries, Gieck placed sixth, Anissa Widiger placed fifth, and Sylvia Ofoma placed second, qualifying her for the State Speech Championship Tournament.
"I was very pleased that we qualified four more events to the State Championship Tournament in May," said GBHS forensics coach Barbara Watson. "I hope we can continue to qualify more events throughout the season."