On Feb. 4, the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Columbus High School where students competed against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Of the 10 conference schools at the tournament, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Steve Lauber, finished first with a total of 294 points, ahead of Lake Mills (232) and Belleville (165). That win marks Lakeside’s 9th straight conference championship.
The following students led the way in their individual categories for Lakeside Lutheran: Justin Learned, Watertown, placed first in Demonstration; Chad Nolte, Janesville, took a second in Farrago; Matthew Gunst, Juneau, placed second in Informative; Maddie Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Sami Anderson, Sun Prairie, placed first in Playacting, and Maddie Klug, Ixonia, and Sophie Griffin, Lodi, received a second.
Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek, placed first in Poetry; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie, earned a first in Public Address; Will Jorgensen, McFarland, placed first in Radio Speaking; Cannon Kerr, Watertown, placed second in Radio Speaking; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second in Solo Acting Humorous, and Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove, received a second in Solo Acting Serious. Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson placed first in Storytelling.
On Feb. 18, sub-districts will be held at Deerfield High School, where the full team of 25 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 12.