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Hamilton Wins Back-to-Back Title at Port Washington

posted Jan 16, 2018, 5:03 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 5:06 AM ]

By Nicole Hentzell

Port Washington, WI--Hamilton forensics students won a back-to-back tournament championship in Port Washington on January 13th- which has never happened before in team history. A total of five Chargers became tournament champions: Rashelle Pershman (Varsity Prose); Chloe Miller (Novice Prose); Amy Yadev (Informative); and Krystal Fedie, Nicole Hentzell, and Manola Inthavong (Group Interpretive).

20 of the team’s 38 entries advanced to finals, one shy of the school record, and 11 entries finished in the top-3, two shy of the school record.

Chloe Miller ‘18 stated, “It was my first forensics tournament and just seeing everyone working together to see people succeed is the best part.” Miller ended up taking first in novice poetry at her very first tournament.

“It was a wonderful experience, especially because public speaking is the number one fear in the entire world, and I feel like it shouldn’t be. Forensics is really cool in that way,” Sophie Detwiler ’18 stated.

Even older members were reminiscing over the beginning of the season, “I like how safe it is,” said Elise Rades ’19. “If you see someone just sitting there, you don’t leave them alone…you talk to them.”

 Other notable finishes at the invite: Matt Matt Gnanadass 2nd place (extemp), Abhi Puri 2nd place (Radio), Madison Ruplinger 2nd place (informative), Mehak Oberoi & Swathi Prasad 3rd place (Play Acting), Molly Coady 3rd place (Informative).

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--Rashelle Pershman is now the back-to-back champion in prose at the Pirate Invite

--Chloe Miller became the first known Charger to win 1st place in her first tournament.

--Sophie Detweiler became the first rookie to double-power in her first tournament.

--Manola Inthavong was one place shy of powering in poetry at this invite last year; she finished 3rd this year.

--Six students made their forensics debut.

--Six rookie entries advanced to powers.

--The Chargers scored 274 points.

--Hamilton’s conference rival Marquette won 1st place in the small team category.

--No students finished with the dreaded score of 5, 5, 5

--There were 18 teams at the tournament.