Manhattan High took third place over the weekend at the 6A state high school forensics team championships.
The defending 6A state champs, Manhattan this year came in behind only Blue Valley North and Shawnee Mission East, who tied for first. The competition was hosted by Olathe Northwest.
Twelve MHS team members scored points toward the team placing, led by Kyler Reith and Jake Seaton, who won individual state championships in their events. Reith won in poetry reading, and Seaton won in original oration. Seaton also took second in extemporaneous speaking on international topics.
Other participants, their events and their placing: Nathan McClendon, fourth in domestic extemporaneous; Robert Kobza, fifth in domestic extemporaneous; Trevor Bashaw and Macy Lanceta, fifth in duet acting; Hanna Hayden and Haley Heaton, sixth in duet acting; Naomi McClendon, sixth in original oration and participant in informative; Lisa Zhu, semifinalist in international extemporaneous and semifinalist in informative; Lanceta, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation; Heaton, semifinalist in humorous interpretation; Bashaw, participant in humorous interpretation; and Flora Riley, participant in dramatic interpretation;
Next up is a trip to the national championships in Alabama over the summer for five students who qualified this spring: Bashaw, Kobza, Peter Sang, Seaton and Zhu. The MHS forensics team is coached by Shawn Rafferty.