For the tenth 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 340 participating high schools at the 124th annual Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 12.
The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,200 students from 340 schools 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.”
The top 19 high schools at the 2019 festival, in alphabetical order, include Baldwin-Woodville, Boscobel, Burlington, Darlington, DeForest, Ellsworth, Fennimore, Hudson, Lakeside Lutheran, Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids, Menomonie, New Berlin Eisenhower, Prescott, Regis High School, Eau Claire, Sauk Prairie, St. Lawrence Seminary/Mt. Calvary, Waterford Union, Waunakee, Wrightstown.
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 14 gold, nine silver, and two bronze 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 14 gold medal entries include Grace Loescher, Watertown and Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie (Group Interp); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Moments in History); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Poetry); Sophia Griffin, Lodi and Maddie Klug, Ixonia (Playacting); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Storytelling); Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson (Storytelling); Evelyn Schauer, Watertown (Farrago) Megan Reinke, Watertown (Poetry); Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie (Prose); Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc (Prose) Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc (Solo Acting, Humorous).
Silver medals were awarded to Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Informative); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Jacob Horta, Helenville (Moments in History); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Farrago); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking) Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie (Public Address); Douglas Weittenhiller, DeForest (Informative).
Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu) and Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking) were awarded bronze medals.