Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned first place in its division Jan. 14 at the Pirate Invitational hosted at Port Washington High School. It is the first time in team history that the team won a tournament in the large school division. The team set records for number of entries advancing to the finals, number of entries finishing in the top three and total points scored.
The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. The following students were tournament champions and medal winners:
- Matthew Gnanadass, tournament champion, Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Ciara Cronin, tournament champion, Special Occasion Speaking;
- Rashelle Pershman, tournament champion, Prose;
- Mia Leukert, second place, Demonstration;
- Emily Berger and Maanya Kashyap, second place, Duo Oral Interpretation;
- Amanjot Yadev, second place, Informative Speaking;
- Krystal Fedie, second place, Oral Interpretation;
- Molly Coady, second place, Moments in History;
- Ciara Cronin, second place, Storytelling;
- Jack Larsen, third place, Extemporaneous Speaking;
- Erin Magoon, third place, Informative Speaking;
- Rachel Seraphine and Sean Seraphine, third place, Play Acting; and
- Rachel Betters, third place, 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.