HOISINGTON —The Hoisington High School forensics team began its season at South Barber (Kiowa), where Ashley Lockwood placed first in prose and qualified for the state championship in Wichita in May. In extemporaneous speaking, Rebecca Shinofield placed third (just missing qualifying for state by one place) and Xavier Beran placed seventh.
Nick Doerschlag, Larissa Donovan and Jadyn Spears also competed at South Barber.
At a tough Osborne tournament, Ashley Lockwood placed fourth in oration (persuasive speaking) and prose. In duet acting, Shae Bitter and Micaila Curtis placed fourth. Joey Lewis placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking.
In improvised duet acting, Tanner Blackwell and Erica Schwager placed fourth, Logan McHenry and Kylie Crawford placed fifth, and Micaila Curtis and Austin McHenry placed sixth.
Nick Doerschlag, Xavier Beran, Kate Schmitt, Robbie Willesden and Terance Croslin also competed at Osborne. Ms. Deanna Spears accompanied the team as a judge.
The Cardinals placed fourth overall out of eight schools.
Upcoming action continues with tournaments at Great Bend and Western Plains (Ransom) in the next few days.
The Cardinal forensics team this year includes Xavier Beran, Shae Bitter, Tanner Blackwell, Brandy Bodine, Sydney Boxberger, Corbin Crawford, Kylie Crawford, Terance Croslin, Deiah Curtis, Micaila Curtis, Larissa Donovan, Nick Doerschlag, Jordin Greer, Emma Harmon, Joey Lewis, Ashley Lockwood, Austin McHenry, Logan McHenry, Brody Nicholas, Melissa Pata, Kate Schmitt, Erica Schwager, Rebecca Shinfield, Jadyn Spears, Robbie Willesden and Kenzie Wolf.
On Saturday, March 8, the team is hosting the Garrett Blase Memorial Forensics Tournament. Schools competing include Canton-Galva, Colby, Dighton, Ellinwood, Ell-Saline, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Great Bend, Healy, Hodgeman Co., Norton, Osborne, Otis-Bison, Palco, Rawlins Co., Smoky Valley, Sterling, Trego Comm., and Western Plains.
The team is looking for volunteers to judge. Experience is not necessary. Optional training will be provided. Anyone interested may contact Mr. Oborny at the high school.