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Hamilton Finished Top-6 at WFCA State

posted Apr 18, 2018, 9:17 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 11:01 AM ]
by Nicole Hentzell

Hamilton competed in the 2018 WFCA State Tournament and placed 6th, scoring 233 points. The Chargers set a team record by advancing 13 students out of preliminaries. They had three state finalists, which is tied for the second most in team history. This is also the first time the team has finished as one of the state's top-6 in back-to-back seasons. “It was so much fun--,” said Manola Intavong. “ just seeing everyone else who also powered was really worth it [but] I’m going to miss the seniors who have been motivating me and helping me improve the past three years.” For many members, this was the very last meet in their high school forensics careers. “I’m going to miss the people the most,” said Emma O'Neil, “Everybody's hard work throughout the season, I don’t think we would do half as well without everyone's effort.”

4th Place

Elise Rades (Farrago)  ​

6th Place

Matt Gnanadass (Extemporaneous Speaking)

Krystal Fedie, Nicole Hentzell, and Manola Inthavong (Group Interpretive)

--Matt Gnanadass ties a team record set by Dani Kallis ('16) by advancing to finals at state for the 3rd time in his career. Matt was the 2016 Impromptu Speaking Champion and took 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking in 2017. He is performing in the Extemp finals today.

--Elise Rades (Farrago) advanced to finals for the first time in her career. She did not advance out of preliminaries last year, her first trip to state.

--Krystal Fedie, Nicole Hentzell, and Manola Inthavong have a combined five trips to state without ever advancing out of preliminaries. Today they advanced to finals as an entry in Group Interp.

--Hamilton's 233 points was the second-most points at this tournament in team history.

--All three members of the draw team (Matt Gnanadass, Abhi Prui, and Shiva Senthil) advanced to semi-finals. 

--Krystal Fedie, Nicole Hentzell, Manola Inthavong, Mehak Oberoi, Swathi Prasad, Elise Rades, and Shiva Senthil advanced to semi-finals for the first time in their forensics career.

--Sophia Detweiler, Rashmi Majjigapu, Madison Ruplinger, Mindy Yadev advanced to semi-finals in their first trip to state. 

--Emma Stokman advanced to semi-finals for the first time since the first meet of the season (Port Washington). 

--Eleven of the Chargers' twenty-five entries were performing at state for the first time: Ashley Bissen, Sophia Detweiler, Eric Doese, Sharan Gill, Matthew Lehner, Cheyenne Lewis, Rashmi Majjigapu, Chloe Miller, Jada Nieves, Madison Ruplinger, and Mindy Yadev.

--Madison Memorial was crowned Division-1 State Champion for the 11th straight year, and 14th time by scoring  323 points.

-- Waunakee was the Division-2 State Champion for the second straight year. 

--Wrightstown was the Division-3 State Champion for the first time in school history.

--There were 76 schools and 825 entries at the tournament today.