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Forensics participants continue winning ways


Lauren Pauls, the Lawrence High School senior pushing to become the school's all-time National Forensics League point earner, continued her winning streak this weekend with three more first-place finishes at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational.

Pauls won first place in original oratory and informative speaking, two events in which she has already qualified for the 6A State Speech Championships in May, as well as Congressional Debate.

Meanwhile, Free State High School senior Adam Fales qualified for state by finishing third in impromptu speaking at a tournament at Paola High School. Fales, a state qualifier in two-speaker debate last semester, also placed sixth in congressional debate - House.

The 6A state speech tournament is May 4-5 at Olathe Northwest High School.

The National Forensics League East Kansas District tournament, where students can qualify for nationals, is March 19-20 at Olathe South.

Other top finishers in tournaments this weekended included:

Lawrence High - Shawnee Mission East Invitational

• Charles Hopkins, senior, and Matt Mantooth, sophomore, first place, public forum debate.

• Clara Cobb, sophomore, second place, humorous interpretation (state qualifier).

• Ellie Dunlap, sophomore, second place, oral interpretation of poetry (state qualifier).

• Katie Gaches, junior, second place, congressional debate - House.

• Haley Luna, sophomore, second place, congressional debate - House; third place, foreign extemporaneous speaking.

• Eddie Loupe, senior, third place, Lincoln-Douglas debate.

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

• Morgan Oehlertz, senior, and Olivia Oehlertz, sophomore, fifth place, duet acting.

• Vinnie Barker, junior, sixth place, domestic extemporaneous speaking.

Free State - Shawnee Mission East Invitational

• Parker Hopkins, sophomore, second place, congressional debate - House 1.

• Samantha Farb, freshman, third place, congressional debate - novice House 2.

• Linda Liu, freshman, fourth place, congressional debate - novice House 1.

• Trenna Soderling, freshman, fourth place, congressional debate - novice House 2.

• Zachary Hayes, sophomore, fifth place, congressional debate - novice House 2.

• Genevieve Prescher, freshman, sixth place, congressional debate - novice House 2.

• Kaitlyn Johnson, sophomore, fifth place, congressional debate - House 2.

Free State - Paola Tournament

• Hannah Smith, junior, third place, domestic extemporaneous speaking.

• Kelly Leatherman, junior, third place, original oratory.

• Ashlyn Evans, senior, fifth place, informative speaking.

• Sam Hay, sophomore, and Kelly Leatherman, junior, fifth place, duet acting.

• Samantha Farb, freshman, sixth place, foreign extemporaneous speaking.


Michelle Fales 5 years, 2 months ago

Awesome to see all this talent in Lawrence. And thank you, Peter, for continuing to cover the Debate and Forensic activities.

buffalo63 5 years, 2 months ago

Great Job! They must have some excellent teachers!

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