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Hamilton Opens Season With Historic Win

posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:49 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 9:32 AM ]

Article by Rachel Betters

Photo by Ciara Cronin


Port Washington, WI--Hamilton Forensics began the 2017 season with a record-breaking first meet at the Pirate Invitational in Port Washington. For the first time in team history, Hamilton took home a first place trophy in the large team category. Twenty-one individual entries made it to finals, including thirteen who placed in the top three of their categories. Matt Gnanadass (junior) in Extemporaneous Speaking, Rashelle Pershman (junior) in Prose, and Ciara Cronin (senior) in Special Occasion Speaking were all tournament champions in their respective categories. Cronin and Erin Magoon both advanced to finals in two categories.


Records aside, this meet was a first for many team members. With the help of team veterans, Hamilton Forensics recruited a remarkable amount of new members who experienced their first meet on Saturday. “It was really fun, actually,” said sophomore Elise Rades of her first meet. “It was a lot more laid back than I expected.”


In addition, many members advanced to finals or placed for the first time in their forensics career. “It was shocking and really amazing. It still feels like a dream,” reflected Pershman, who placed as the tournament champion in prose after making it to finals for the first time.

The first meet boosted the confidence and spirit of the team, and opened the door for Hamilton to enter as a fierce competitor in future meets of the season. Hamilton will travel to Marquette University High School on January 28th for their next meet.

Click here for Elise Rades' post-meet interview

Click here for Rashelle Pershman's post-meet interview

--Hamilton defeated the 2016 Division 3 State Champions St. Lawrence who finished 20 points behind the Chargers.

--Captain Erin Magoon and Assistant Captain Ciara Cronin were the only Chargers to advance to the finals in two different categories.

--Erin Magoon went 1, 1, 1 in the Informative preliminary rounds. Ciara Cronin went 1, 1, 1 in the Special Occasion finals. 

--Erin Magoon added to her team record career top-3 finishes at an invite (13).

--Despite graduating their back-to-back state champion in special occasion, Dani Kallis, the team filled the gap by sending all four of their special occasion entries to the finals.

--Ten of the Chargers who advanced to finals were performing in their first meet.

--Abby Meihsner, Manola Inthavong, and Emily Smith were one place shy of advancing to finals in their categories.

--Jordan Koller, Rashelle Pershman, Krystal Fedie, Mehak Oberoi, and Swathi Prasad were veterans who made their first trip to finals today.

--There were 24 teams at the tournament.