For the ninth year in a row, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award for scoring in the top 5% among 341 participating high schools, placing second overall at the 123rd Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 20.
The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,300 students from across the state at this, the largest forensics festival in the state. “Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” says WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.” Competing with 340 other high schools this spring, Lakeside Lutheran returned home with 91 of a possible 100 team points to rank as one of the top two teams; Boscobel High School took first with 92 points.
At the State Festival, individual competitors receive a gold medal for a perfect score of 25, silver for a score of 23 or 24, a bronze for a score of 20-22 and a small bronze for lower scores. The whole team then receives points based on members’ individual scores, earning four points for each gold, three points for each silver, two points for each bronze and one point for each small bronze. After qualifying all 25 entries—the maximum allowable—through sub-district and district competitions, the Lakeside Lutheran competitors earned a total of 16 gold and nine silver medals at state. “Working with this dedicated group of students and seeing them progress as speakers has been very rewarding to see,” says Coach Steve Lauber.
The 16 gold medal entries include Sophia Griffin, Lodi (Solo Acting, Serious); Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo (Poetry); Isaiah Coleman, Watertown and Emma Guld, Lake Mills (Playacting); Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie (Solo Acting, Serious); Ashley McLain, Juneau (Special Occasion); Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Prose); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (Storytelling); Devon Perkins, Madison (Moments in History); Emily Weber, Helenville (Farrago); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Emma Hans, Jefferson (Farrago); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Four-Minute); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Poetry).
Silver medals were awarded to Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie (Solo Acting, Serious); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Kayla Grundman, Waterloo (Oratory); Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking); Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc (Four-Minute); Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Demonstration); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Prose).
For more information about the WHSFA, visit whsfa.org. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit the LLHS website at llhs.org.