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posted Feb 10, 2018, 7:17 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Feb 10, 2018, 7:18 AM ]
Nicole Hentzell

Milwaukee, WI--Hamilton High School forensics team received 4th place at the Marquette Invite on January 27th. The team scored a total of 258 points--just 11 points short of the top spot.

Shiva Senthil became tournament champion in Radio and Amy Yadav was awarded third place in informative--obtaining first place in all of her preliminary rounds.

Forensics Head Coach Barry Holloway received an award for his five years of service in the WFCA.

Hamilton had several novice students make their debut on the team: Jack Costa, Nkem Ebije, Eric Doese, Matthew Lehner, Rashmi Majjigapu, Caleb Nichols, Cynthia Yan. One new member, Eric Doese, even managed to advance to finals at his first meet.

Doese credits his successes from the  experience with the Hamilton debate team, as he explained, “In extemp you give a 7-minute speech, and that is very similar to a speech you would give in a debate round.”

Matthew Lehner also had previous public speaking experience at his church and giving the commencement speech at his 8th grade orientation for the high school school graduating class of 2020.

“I love public speaking and debating political issues,” said Lehner,  “so extemp was a fun category to be in...and it was interesting to see the different diversities, different talents, different strengths in every one of the categories.”

Live entertainment was provided during lunch, encouraging students to dance among the camaraderie.

“It was nice to hear this music and see people dance to it and just put the competition aside,” said Molly Coady.

A total of Nine Hamilton students advanced to finals: Sophia Detweiler (prose),  Rashelle Pershamn (prose), Manola Inthavong (poetry), Chloe Miller (prose), Matt Gnanadass (exemp), Amy Yadev (Informative), Krystal Fedie (informative), as well as Mehak Oberoi and Swathi Prasad (play acting),


This tournament was Krystal Fedie’s second time powering over her last three years on the team. “It feels good to power,” said Fedie, “because it shows I wasn’t really meant for those categories. I didn’t like my speech, so I wasn’t doing well.”

Mindy Yadev believes that forensics is just about having fun: “No matter how you do it is always important to have fun. No matter how you do what you do--just hope for the best.”

Tournament Champion

Shiva Senthil (Radio)

3rd Place

Amy Yadev (Informative)

--This is the first time since March 2016 that Hamilton has not placed in the top-3 at an invite.

--This is only the third time in three years that team had less than three entries place at a tournament. It is the first time since the March of 2016.

--Nine Hamilton students started the season by advancing to finals in their first two tournaments: Sophia Detweiler, Matt Gnanadass, Chloe Miller, Mehak Oberoi, Swathi Prasad, Amy Yadev, Rashelle Pershamn, Manola Inthavong, and Krystal Fedie.

--Amy Yadev went 1,1, 1 in the preliminary rounds of informative.

--Rachel Betters came one place shy of advancing to finals in special occasion.

--Eric Doese advanced to finals in his first forensics meet.

--Hamilton’s conference rivals Wauwatosa East (5) and Brookfield Central (3) had more entries place in finals than Hamilton for the first time in recent memory.

--There were 28 teams at the tournament.