Tonganoxie High forensics nabs more state qualifications at Baldwin, Lawrence
The Tonganoxie High debate team added seven new state champ qualifications over the weekend and a sweepstakes championship.
At Baldwin the team won the sweepstakes championship in a 15 school field. Individual finishes included junior Matt Scharff’s state qualification in prose interp with a second place finish. Senior Josh Lingo finished fourth in prose interp. Senior Kelly Robinson gathered two state champ qualifications with second place finishes in poetry interp and informative speaking. Sophomore Sierra Staatz finished fourth in informative speaking and also finished fifth in extemp. Junior Michael Mast added another state qualification to his previous two with a second place finishes in extemp and oration. Freshman Blake Phillips finished sixth in extemp. Sophomore Gage Smith finished third in impromptu. Junior Ian Slater added a new state qualification with a second place finish in humorous solo to add to his second place in serious solo. Freshman Trey Lewallen finished third in humorous solo.
At Lawrence THS had two Lincoln-Douglas debate medalists of Friday night. Freshmen Salem Clemens finished second and Henry Robinson finished fourth. On Saturday the Senior Spencer Finkbiner finished fourth in informative and extemp. Senior Jake Brents finished sixth in prose interp while junior Nathan Bothwell finished fifth. Bothwell medaled in two other events with a sixth place finish in oration and a new state qualification with junior Grace Woods in duet. Sophomore Allison Williams added a state qualification in informative finishing second. Senior Jake Tollefson and sophomore Erin Williams placed sixth in duet.
The team has Kaw Valley League Forensics on Thursday night at Piper HS. Tonganoxie then competes Saturday at Lyndon and Royal Valley High School in Hoyt.
Competitions continue to lead up to regionals April 16 at Atchison County Community High School in Effingham.
State is April 30 at Washburn Rural in Topeka and at Kansas City Community College in Kansas City, Kan.
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