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Hamilton Reaches 300-pt Milestone For First Time

posted Apr 1, 2017, 8:53 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 8:53 AM ]
Article by Barry Holloway

Whitewater, WI--
For the first time in team history, the Hamilton Forensics team scored over 300 points at an invite, finishing third at the competitive UW-Whitewater Speech Bowl. They are now one of only four teams to score over 300 points in the three-year history of this tournament. The team has not finished below third place at any tournament this season and has defeated 112 of the 115 teams they've faced this season. At last year's tournament, the Chargers had only four entries advance to finals and just one finish in the top-3. This year, 15 entries advanced to the finals, an the team had six entries finish in the top-3, which are all team bests at this tournament.

Tournament Champions
Emma Stokman (Demonstration Speaking)

2nd Place
Kavya Ayalasomayajula (Solo Serious)

3rd Place
Emily Berger & Maanya Kashyap (Duo)
Malaya King, Ashley Bissen, Paige Nettesheim, Jaya Suneja (Play Acting)
Ciara Cronin (Special Occasion)
Ciara Cronin (Storytelling)

--Ciara Cronin (Senior) is the only Charger who has finished in the top-3 in two different categories at an invite, a feat she's accomplished twice.

--Matt Gnanadass (Juinor) in Extemp, Kavya Ayalasomayajula (Senior) in Solo Serious, and Play Acting group Rachel Seraphine (Junior) & Sean Seraphine (Freshman) scored a perfect 1, 1, 1 in the preliminary rounds. 

--Four entries were one place shy of powering: Molly Coady (Freshman) in Moments; Harper Rhoades in Oratory  (Freshman); Rachel Betters (Junior) in Radio, and Play Acting group Mehak Oberoi (Sophomore), Prasad (Sophomore), & Graf (Freshman).

-- Freshman Dori Palmer (Freshman) advanced to finals for the first time.

--One Charger, Christian Farmer, made his debut at a high school forensics meet.

--There were 27 teams at the tournament.

--Hamilton finished 13 points out of 2nd place and 17 points out of 1st Place.

--The Chargers were defeated by Sun Prairie and Madison West both finished in the top-5 at state last year.

--This was a double entry tournament. Hamilton brought 43 entries.