After earning the highest score among 340 teams at last spring’s Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) state meet, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2017 competition season.
On February 6, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Belleville High School, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 11 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 308 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Lake Mills (206) and Belleville (176). This win marks the seventh straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.
Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:
- Caleb Strutz, 2nd in Extemporaneous
- Emily Weber, 2nd in Farrago
- Maddie McKenna, 1st in Farrago
- Lillie Johnstone, 1st in 4-minute speaking
- Malachi Mortensen, 2nd in Moments in History
- Devon Perkins, 1st in Moments in History
- Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud, 3rd in Playacting
- Caleb Raymond and Max Thiele, 2nd in Playacting
- Matt Gunst, 3rd in Prose
- Bronte Perkins, 2nd in Prose
- Emma Hans, 1st in Prose
- Charlie Pingel, 2nd in Radio Speaking
- Cannon Kerr, 1st in Radio Speaking
- Kyle Burger, 1st in Solo Acting humorous
- Ashley McLain, 1st in Special Occasion
- Maria Werre, 2nd in Storytelling
The full team of 25 will now begin their state competition at sub-districts which are being held at Milton High School on Monday, February 27 in hopes to advance on to the district meet and from there advancing on to the Forensics State Tournament to be held at The University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 21.