Hamilton forensics has success at area invitationals

Hamilton High School’s forensics team was successful at three recent invitationals. Along with the team awards, which are determined by evaluating the average rank performance of team members, individual student awards were given.

At the West Bend East Invitational on Feb. 3 the team had one of its best point scores in the last five years, finishing in sixth place among 321 teams. Individual awards went to:
• Samantha Moore and Erin Magoon, first place in Duo Oral Interpretation;
• Amy Yadev, second place, Four-Minute Speaking;
• Dani Kallis, second place, Special Occasion;
• Andy O’Neill and Emma O’Neill, second place, Play Acting;
• Matthew Gnanadass, third place, Extemporaneous Speaking;
• Lexi Detweiler, finalist, Extemporaneous Speaking; and
• Emily Keith and Kavya Ayalasomayajula, finalists, Play Acting.

The team earned ninth place in its division Feb. 6 at the Wauwatosa East High School Forensics Invitational. The following students were medal winners:
• Samantha Moore and Erin Magoon, first place, Duo Oral Interpretation;
• Matthew Gnanadass, second place, Extemporaneous Speaking.
• Erin Magoon, third place, Four-Minute Speaking;
• Katherine Sabol, third place, Extemporaneous Speaking; and
• Rachel Betters, finalist, Radio Speaking.

The team earned fifth place among 31 competing teams Jan. 30 at the Marquette University High School Forensics Invitational. The following students were medal winners:
• Danielle Kallis, first place, Special Occasion Speaking;
• Rachel Betters, first place, Radio Speaking;
• Samantha Moore and Erin Magoon, second place, Duo Oral Interpretation;
• Emily Bader, second place, Special Occasion Speaking
• Ciara Cronin, second place, Story Telling;
• McKenzie Fowler, third place, Solo Humorous Interpretation;
• Matthew Gnanadass, finalist, Extemporaneous Speaking; and
• Molly Hubred, finalist, Special Occasion Speaking.

Focusing on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills, the high school forensics team helps students build confidence and community through extra-curricular competition.