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Hamilton Charges to 3rd at Madison Memorial

posted Mar 8, 2016, 2:31 PM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 2:32 PM ]
Article and Photos by Barry Holloway
Madison—The Hamilton Forensics team took another step forward as it secured a 3rd place finish at the Sandy Theobold Memorial Tournament at Madison Memorial High School. It was the highest finish by the team, in a large team category, in over a decade. Their 213-point score was one of only four 200+ point performances by teams competing at the tournament.

Senior Dani Kallis led the group with a strong, 2nd place, individual performance in Special Occasion Speaking, but she couldn’t say enough about the team’s performance at the end of the day.  “I am so proud of these people. We have gone from actually having eight people go to state my freshman year to now bringing a sizable team to a meet so much so that we are a contender in large schools for once.”

40% of the team’s points (85) came from students who had doubled entered, including some from junior Kate Sabol who became the team’s first person to triple-enter in recent history. She was entered in the categories of Four Minute Speaking, Prose, and Extemporaneous Speaking.

“It was defiantly crazy,” Sabol reflected after the meet. “Just fitting [Extemporaneous Speaking] in with the other two categories was kind of difficult, but the guy in the draw room was really willing to work with me, and the other categories both went smoothly. So it was fine.”

Kallis also felt the pressure as a double entry, as she also performed in the category of Oral Interpretation of Literature. “To be honest, I was exceedingly nervous. Double entering is not something I’ve really done before. It was a little nerve-wracking but everyone kind of rallied together, so I felt better about it.”

With the absence of Erin Magoon, senior Sam Moore found a way to make up for the lack of an award winning group in Duo Interpretation, by finishing second in Prose. Moore has now placed in four different categories over the course of her career.

Click here for Dani Kallis' post-meet interview
Click here for Kate Sabol's post-meet interview

--This is the third meet in a row that the team has scored 200+ points (213).

--Dani Kallis has extended her team record by advancing to finals in her last 17 meets.

--Sam Moore has now placed in four different categories over the course of her career.

--Hamilton defeated Franklin for the first time in four meetings.

--Ten Chargers double entered at this meet, which is the most double entries in over 5 years.

--Madison Memorial has won the last eight state championships and 12 of the last 14.