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Hamilton wins two state titles at forensics tournament


Senior Danielle Kallis won the state championship title in Special Occasion Speaking and sophomore Matthew Gnanadass in Impromptu Speaking April 2 at the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association (WFCA) state meet at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. This title is the second consecutive state title for Kallis in Special Occasion Speaking. Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned ninth place in its division.

More than 900 students from 73 schools throughout the state competed in various speech and drama categories. The team award was determined by evaluating the average rank performance of individual team members. 

The following students were category winners:

  • Samantha Moore and Erin Magoon, fourth place in Duo Interpretation;
  • Andrew O’Neill and Emma O’Neill, finalists in Play Acting;
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula and Emily Keith, finalists in Play Acting;
  • Amanjot Yadev, finalist in Four-Minute Speaking;
  • Jack Larsen, finalist in Impromptu Speaking; and
  • Tessa Jaskolski, finalist in Moments in History. 

Established in 1972, the WFCA’s mission is to instill and develop in students communication skills vital for a lifetime of effective participation in a democratic society. For more information, visit