Rock Creek forensics team brings home awards from state championships, festival

By The Mercury

The Rock Creek Forensics Team ended one of its most successful years ever by bringing home the second place state trophy from Wichita on a May 3rd tournament.

Three Mustang events won individual state championships. Chance Maginness won humorous solo acting, Jacy Johnston won oration, and the pair of William Henry and Jackson Meyer won first in humorous duet acting.

Three more entries won second place: Hayden Schlochtermeier in prose, Jacy Johnston in informative, and Dani Rakowitz in extemporaneous speaking.

Amanda Del Toro took fifth in oration, as did the serious duet of Rachel Askew and Cassidy Cheever. Hayden Schlochtermeier rounded out the medal winners with a sixth place in poetry. Making semi-finals were Molly Pyle and McKenzy Umscheid in serious solo acting, Eli Miller in poetry, and Kinzi Collins in informative. Also earning points for the team trophy were Justin Ward in serious solo, Chance Maginness in informative, and McKenzy Umscheid in prose. Going as backups were Emmalee Funk in extemporaneous and humorous solo acting, Michael Zabel and Amber Nowakowski in duet, Kimmy Woodworth in serious solo acting and poetry, and Alexis Engelken in prose.

“We had a great tournament. Our results were very similar to what we did two years ago, when we won first place as a team. This year, however, Norton High School was just better,” Coach Keith Miller said.

The team also had fantastic results at the state festival competition, with a school record 29 entries participating, 24 of which earned a “I” rating and a state medal. “The sheer number and success of the festival students was overwhelming,” he said. “The state people were not expecting us to earn so many ones. They actually ran out of medals, so they mailed us the rest.”

Earning ones were Shaelyn Basa in prose, Isaac Brunkow in informative & prose, Isaac Camacho in prose & poetry, Marin Coughlin in oration, Jackson Fike in informative, Seanna Fisher in prose, Rachel Forge in serious solo acting, Holly Forrester in prose & poetry, Kayla Huffman in prose, Mikaela Morton in extemporaneous, Blake Ruder in poetry, Lilly Schmitz in poetry, Rileah Sotelo in serious solo acting, Christine Thompson in poetry, Kimmy Woodworth in poetry and serious solo acting, Alexis Engelken in prose, Emmalee Funk in humorous solo acting, and finally, Michael Zabel & Amber Nowakowski in duet acting.

Earning “II"s were Emmalee Funk in extemporaneous, Seanna Fisher in serious solo acting, Blake Ruder & Christian Berard in duet, Allie Snapp & Lilly Schmitz in duet, and Evangelina Gallardo in prose.

The team had its best regular season in school history, going to 19 tournaments, winning 11 of them and finishing second in three more.

The team also qualified 48 events for the state championship tournament.

Since a school can only enter 16 in state championships, Rock Creek essentially had three teams it could have sent.

“It was so tough picking out the top 16 events for state champs,” Miller said.

Overall, it was a very successful season. “We had three great former students help coach - Torrey Peterson, Jessi Snapp, and Sara Nider.

They really did a great job working with the students on their speeches and acting events,” Miller said.

“Coach Peterson is going off to law school next year.

We are really going to miss her. Good Luck, Torrey!”

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