Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned first place March 17 at the Arrowhead Invite for the first time in team history. Sixteen entries advanced to the finals, and eight finished in the top three of their respective categories both of which are Hamilton tournament team records.
The team award was determined by evaluating average rank performances of individual team members. The following students were award winners:
- Rachel Betters – tournament champion in Radio Speaking;
- Eric Doese – tournament champion in Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Madison Ruplinger – tournament champion in Informative Speaking:
- Matthew Gnanadass – second place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Amanjot Yadev – second place in Informative Speaking;
- Rachel Betters – third place in Special Occasion Speaking;
- Elise Rades – third place in Farrago; and
- Shiva Senthil – third place in Radio Speaking.
The team will host a hullaballoo tournament March 24 and will participate at the State Speech Festival April 7 at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Focusing on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills, the high school forensics team helps students build confidence and community through extra-curricular competition.