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Hamilton Has Day To Remember at Madison Memorial

posted Apr 7, 2018, 9:07 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 9:24 AM ]
Article By Nicole Hentzell

Madison, WI--On Saturday March 3rd Hamilton took second place, scoring a record breaking 287 points, at the Madison Memorial tournament, one of the hardest tournaments in the state,  defeating Sun Prairie for the first time. The team had nine students finish in the top-three, the most Hamilton has ever had power at this tournament.


Maanya Kashyap won the invites prestigious triathlon award. To win the award, a student has to perform four speeches in four rounds for a total of twelve performances over the course of the day. Students must perform in at least one speech and one interpretive category. Kashyap took 1st in 7 of her twelve rounds. She became the only Charger in team history to triple-power, and score 42 of the possible 45 points,Kashyap competed in prose, impromptu, and solo serious.


Manola Inthavong took 7th in the triathlon standings, scoring 33 points, the second most points scored by a Charger at an invite.


“If you’re in forensics to win,” said Hang Yin. “ I don’t think that’s a great reason… but if you’re in it to better yourself, I think you have a better opportunity to get an award because you’re just constantly improving on yourself.”


“It’s important to just not give up on yourself,” said Gwen Watson. “Sometimes there's a lot of good competition, but it’s just important to stay confident.”



1st Place

Maanya Kashyap (Triathlon)

Maanya Kashyap (Prose)

Matt Gnanadass (Extemp)

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


2nd Place

Rachel Betters (Radio)


3rd Place

Mehak Oberoi and Swathi Prasad (Play Acting)

Elise Rades (Farrago)

Amy Yadev (Informative)

Amy Yadev (Impromptu)


--Hamilton's group interp team (Fedie, Hentzell, Inthavong) have taken 1st at all three of the tournaments they've attended this season.
--Hamilton finished one point ahead of Sun Prairie
--Last year, 13 Hamilton students advanced to finals. This year 12 advanced to finals.
--Previously, the record for most Hamilton entries that finished in the top-3 at JMM was three, and Hamilton has only had one tournament champion in the history of the tournament.
--Maanya Kashyap finished 5th in the triathlon last year; the same year she and Emily Berger became the first Chargers to win a title at the JMM invite. 
--Manola Inthavong took 7th in the triathlon standings, scoring 33 points...the 3rd most points scored by a Charger at any invite.
--After finishing 6th in radio during her freshman year, senior Rachel Betters has only finished in top-3 in radio one time and hasn't competed in the category in almost a year, but that didn't stop her from taking 2nd in her return to the category. 
--Matt Gnanadass placed first in the honor round of impromptu.