Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned second place March 3 at the James Madison Memorial Invite. Nine students finished in the top three of their respective categories and four entries finished as tournament champions both of which are Hamilton tournament team records.
Maanya Kashyap earned the prestigious Triathlon Award which recognizes top-scoring entries who perform in three different speaking categories. Kashyap entered in Prose, Impromptu Speaking and Solo Serious and is the first Charger in team history to advance to the finals in all three of her categories and win this trophy by scoring 42 out of a possible 45 points.
The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. The following students were award winners:
- Maanya Kashyap, tournament champion in Prose;
- Matthew Gnanadass, tournament champion in Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Krystal Fedie, Nicole Hentzell and Manola Inthavong, tournament champion in Group Interpretive;
- Rachel Betters, second place in Radio Speaking;
- Mehak Oberoi and Swathi Prasad, third place in Play Acting;
- Elise Rades, third place in Farrago;
- Amanjot Yadev, third place in both Informative Speaking and Impromptu 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.