The Great Bend High School forensics squad juggled hosting and competing at a variety of different tournaments during the past two weeks.
On Saturday, March 30, the team hosted 10 area schools for a day of competitive speaking and acting. The students do not compete in home invitationals, but rather work to provide an excellent tournament experience for their guests. Lyons High School won sweepstakes and Hays High School was 2nd.
The Great Bend High School forensics team took 3rd at Hoisington on Saturday, March 23rd. Jalyn Lear won both Serious Solo Acting and Program of Oral Interpretation (POI). Patrick Heath captured second in Humorous Solo Acting. Bayle Sandy was 4th in Oration, Tia Mitchell was 5th in POI, and Isaiah Smith was 7th in Humorous Solo. Daniel Abbott placed 8th in both Prose and Informative. Also earning points for GBHS towards the 3rd place sweepstakes trophy were Robert Brining, Dinah Newman, and Dalton Ruble.
At Ellsworth on Monday, March 25, a group of novices from GBHS shined. Brining won Poetry Interpretation which qualified him for state. He also placed third in a Oration. Skylar Fletcher placed fifth in Informative Speaking, while Mitchell placed fourth in Serious Solo Acting.
At Ellinwood on Monday night, Isaiah Smith won Humorous Solo Acting and Smith and Malachi Wasson won Duet Acting. Mitchell placed 2nd in Poetry Interpretation and 1st in POI. Placing 1st or 2nd qualifies these events for state. Wasson also finished 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking!
The forensics team will be competing at Hays High on Saturday.