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Hamilton wins state title at forensics tournament

Senior Jack Larsen won the state championship title in Impromptu Speaking April 1 at the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association (WFCA) state meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Hamilton High School’s forensics team earned fourth place in its division which is the highest rank in team history. Additional team records set at the tournament include most points scored, most entries advancing from preliminaries and most entries advancing to finals.

More than 1,000 students from 74 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:

  • Jordan Koeller, second place in Informative Speaking;
  • Emma Stokman, third place in Demonstration Speaking;
  • Rachel Betters, fourth place in Special Occasion Speaking;
  • Matthew Gnanadass, fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking;
  • Emily Keith, fifth place in Special Occasion Speaking; and
  • Kavya Ayalasomayajula, Emily Bader and Abhijeet Puri, sixth place in Group Interpretive Speaking.

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