It was a banner year for forensics in the Neenah Joint School District with success and both the high school and middle school levels in state competition.
The high school team had 12 students qualify for the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association meet in Madison on April 12 and all 12 brought home medals with top three finishes, including six first place performances.
Three of the winners came in the Poetry competition with senior Alisha Harwood, junior Kat Gagner and freshman Amber Hanson all claiming titles in their respective classes. Senior Sarah Olson added a gold medal in Farrago, junior MacKenzie Palmer won in Solo Acting Serious and sophomore Marie Pitts won in Radio Speaking.
Silver medals were awarded to Daniel Schindler in Prose, Matt Breen in Solo Acting Humorous and Rayne Coe in Farrago. Bronze medals went to Nathan Cho in Extemporaneous Speaking, Gabby Santor in Four Minute Speaking and Emma Fuhrman in Radio Speaking.
Neenah's middle school forensics team placed fifth of 26 schools in the super-small team division at the Middle Level Forensics Association state meet on March 22 at South Milwaukee High School. Zeta Olson competed in the power round and earned the second place trophy in Demonstration. Earning high scores in their categories were Zak Will in Humorous Solo Acting, Rachel Blank in Storytelling and Meghan Numrich in Demonstration. Quinn Parker also contributed to the high finish. Also, head coach Barbara Hallman was named the state Coach of the Year.
Neenah middle school forensics students show off their state trophy.