Forensics Team Off to Great Start!

Back row: Tyler Martin, Kolby Pavlu, Noah Howerter, Dale Hoch, Caitlin Jacobs, Joseph Bowden, Brandon Baysinger, Kacee Hostetler. Middle row: Grant Cantrell, Idallis Shaffer, Sabrina Hughbanks, Emily Rugg, Slater Blick, Ana Wilhelm. Front row: Savannah Hughbanks, ReAnna Dunlap, Kathleen Martin, Haylie Drake. Coach is Meagan Henry.

Back row: Tyler Martin, Kolby Pavlu, Noah Howerter, Dale Hoch, Caitlin Jacobs, Joseph Bowden, Brandon Baysinger, Kacee Hostetler. Middle row: Grant Cantrell, Idallis Shaffer, Sabrina Hughbanks, Emily Rugg, Slater Blick, Ana Wilhelm. Front row: Savannah Hughbanks, ReAnna Dunlap, Kathleen Martin, Haylie Drake. Coach is Meagan Henry.

The South Barber Forensics Team qualified three more students for State last Saturday, February 20, as they placed fourth overall at a meet hosted by Kiowa County High School in Greensburg.

Emily Rugg & Kacee Hostetler (placed 2nd in Duet: Group Scare-apy), Kacee Hostetler (placed 2nd in Informative: Farm Crisis of the 1980s), and Ana Wilhelm & Tyler Martin (placed first in Improvised Duet Act). They join Kolby Pavlu, who qualified for State Championships when he placed first at the Kingman Invitational tournament on Saturday, January 30. His piece, was titled “To This Day”. It’s a poem about a child who is bullied. He realizes that the bullying made him stronger and at the end he gives a positive message to others who are bullied by telling them that they aren’t worthless.

Students who medaled Saturday were: Ana Wilhelm – 5th in humorous solo; Dale Hoch – 6th in serious solo; Joseph Bowden – 6th in Extemp; Caitlin Jacobs – 5th in poetry; Tyler Martin & Ana Wilhelm – 1st in IDA; Grant Cantrell & Idallis Shaffer – 3rd in duet; Emily Rugg & Kacee Hostetler – 2nd in duet; Kacee Hostetler – 2nd in informative.

In earlier meets this season, Sabrina Hughbanks broke into finals at the Medicine Lodge Invitational tournament with almost perfect scores in her preliminary rounds. She placed fourth in Prose out of forty-nine entries. Due to the large pool of competition, more students qualified for the state tournament. Sabrina performed a humorous “Beauty and the Beast” fractured fairy tale by A.J. Jacobs.

Emily Rugg medalled in Duet Acting at the Pratt Invitational tournament and qualified for State in Humorous Solo Acting at Medicine Lodge with a hilarious piece about Marie Antoinette.

“We’re halfway through the season,” said Coach Meagan Henry, with upcoming meets at Oxford, Cheney, Fairfield, and South Central. The 1A State Championship tournament is held in Salina on Saturday, April 30.