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Lawrence students qualify for state forensics tournament


Two members of the Free State High School forensics squad qualified to go to the state tournament in May after competing this weekend at a tournament hosted by Olathe South.

Free State's Logan Brown, a junior, qualified by placing third in domestic extemporaneous speaking, and Kerrie Leinmiller-Renick, a senior, qualified by placing fourth in poetry.

Meanwhile, Lawrence High School junior Vinnie Barker qualified for the state tournament by placing first in domestic extemporaneous speaking at a separate tournament at De Soto.

Lawrence High also competed this weekend at a tournament in Junction City.

Other Free State results from Olathe South:

• Michaela Schenkel sophomore, first place, congressional debate — novice House 2.

• Solomon Cottrell, junior, fourth place, foreign extemporaneous speaking.

• Sam Hay, sophomore, fourth place, prose.

• Katie Conard, senior, fourth place, congressional debate — Senate.

• Grace Phillips, senior, fourth place, impromptu speaking.

• Sophie Westbrooke, sophomore, fifth place congressional debate — novice House 1.

• Judson King, sophomore, fifth place, congressional debate — House 1.

• Yang Yang Li, junior, sixth place, Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Lawrence High School — De Soto results:

• Kaitlyn Preut, freshman, third place, foreign extemporaneous speaking.

• Eric Martinez, junior, fifth place, foreign extemporaneous speaking.

• Phoebe Clark, junior, sixth place, impromptu speaking.

• Bradlea Padgett, freshman, sixth place, domestic extemporaneous speaking.

Lawrence High School — Junction City results:

• Ellie Dunlap, sophomore, third place, Lincoln-Douglas debate.

• Vinnie Barker, junior, fourth place, congressional debate — novice.

• Charles Hopkins, senior, and Hanna Lee, sophomore, sixth place, public forum debate.


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