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Hamilton Edged Out at West Bend

posted Apr 1, 2017, 9:24 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Article by Rachel Betters

Photo by Barry Holloway

West Bend, WI--Hamilton Forensics placed second at their seventh meet of the season at West Bend West on Saturday, a mere three points shy of winning their third meet. This meet continues the team’s streak of finishing third place or above at every tournament, and proves to be another example of the Chargers’ improvement this year. 245 points were scored at the same tournament last year, with eight entries advancing to finals; this year, the team added up 288 points and 17 entries advancing to finals finals.

Due to scheduling conflicts,  this meet was the last invite of a long but successful season for many Chargers. Sharan Gill, a freshman completing his first year in forensics, recapped his impression of the season. “I love it. I love the people, I love the atmosphere. It was so nice, I’m doing this all four years,” said Gill. Borna Riazi, a senior at the end of his forensics career, also reflected positively on the season. “Forensics went well,” he said. “Two out of our three competitions we were able to place and power.”

In addition to preparing for the season’s final invite and upcoming state tournament, the forensics team captains organized a variety of events to celebrate March 15th’s World Speech Day and gain recognition for the team. A display in one of Hamilton’s main hallways showcased influential speeches throughout history, and locker decorations broadcasted the team’s growing numbers. In addition, teachers were given the option to bring forensics students into their classrooms to perform their speeches for students. 

The Chargers will attend their final invite at Arrowhead High School on Saturday, March 18th, and begin preparing for the WFCA State tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on April 8th.

Tournament Champions

Ciara Cronin (Special Occasion Speaking)

Erin Magoon (Informative)


2nd Place

Mia Leukert (Demonstration Speaking)

Kavya Ayalasomayajula, Emily Bader, and Borna Riazi (Group Interpretive)

Jordan Koeller (Informative Speaking)


3rd Place

Erin Magoon (Farrago)

--Erin Magoon joined Ciara Cronin as the only Chargers this season to finish in the top-3 in two different categories at the same tournament.

--Erin Magoon added to her, team record, career top-3 finishes at an invite (18).

--Erin Magoon set a team record at invite with a perfect score in both her Informative preliminary and final rounds. She went 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1.

--Jordan Koeller beat everyone he faced not named Erin Magoon by going 1, 1, 1 in the preliminaries and then 2, 2, 2 in the finals.

-- Molly Coady double-powered for the first time in her career.

--This tournament marks the second time the Chargers have lost to Homestead this season. Previously, they lost to Homestead by 11 points at Marquette (1/28/17).

--James Madison Memorial removed themselves from the team sweepstakes competition. They would have won, just like they’ve won 12 of the last 14 state championships, including the last nine.

--This was a double entry tournament. Hamilton brought 48 entries.