After earning the Excellence in Speech Award from the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) the last six years by finishing in the top 5% from among 345 teams at UW Madison last April, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2016 competition season.
On February 1, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Wisconsin Heights in Mazomanie, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 10 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 294 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Luther Prep (237) and Belleville (175). This win marks the sixth straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.
Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:
- Demonstration: 1st Place-Max Thiele, 2nd Place-Justin Learned
- Extemporaneous: 1st Place-Caleb Strutz
- Four Minute: 3rd Place-Tina Kehl
- Moments in History: 1st Place-Malachi Mortensen
- Playacting: 2nd Place-Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud
- Prose: 2nd Place- Emma Hans, 3rd Place Audra Sonntag
- Radio Speaking: 1st Place-Dave Wilson
- Solo Acting Humorous: 1st Place-Becca Doering, 3rd Place-Kyle Burger
- Special Occasion: 2nd Place-Kayla Grundman
- Storytelling: 2nd Place-Maria Werre, 3rd Place-Emily Weber
The full team of 25 students has also begun its run to this spring’s WHSFA state competition. Sub-districts at Cambridge High School were Thursday, February 18, when each member of the full team of 25 earned advancement to District competition, to be held March 7 at Beaver Dam High School. With success there, the team advances to the State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 15.