The Dodge City High School forensics team received honors at a tournament in Kinsley on Saturday.

The Dodge City High School forensics team brought seven medals home from an invitational tournament in Kinsley on Saturday.

The team is derived from a one-semester forensics class offered at the high school. The class travels to a different location every weekend throughout the semester to compete in multiple categories of speech, drama and oral interpretation. 

“They choose an area they want to perform, from either oration, extemp, impromptu or informative, oral interpretive prose, oral interpretive poetry, solo humor, solo serious, duet acting or improvised duet acting,” said head coach Anne Kaiser. “They pick one area they want to excel at, then they prep and I watch it and critique. They then go and compete at these tournaments.”

During a typical competition, students will perform in three 90-minute rounds in their selected category with 5-6 other students. The students perform in front of a panel of judges who rank the students based on their performance. After every group performs, the judges post the rankings from each category and the finalists then compete against each other. The higher the student is ranked in a round, the more points their team will receive for the sweepstakes. 

The forensics team qualified for this tournament by placing in a tournament the previous weekend in Liberal. Although they performed well in both tournaments, the team didn’t have much time to prepare.

“I think we’re doing fine, we just need more time,” said Kaiser. “We’re just starting, and having tournaments in January is pretty rough to be ready that quick. We only had nine days to prepare for the tournament in Liberal.”

Despite the lack of preparation time, the team still managed to place fourth in the sweepstakes on Saturday and bring home seven individual medals.

“I’m always proud of all the kids,” Kaiser said. “They’re all winners in my book, and I truly believe this.”

Kaiser expressed appreciation for her students and the effort they put towards the team and competitions.

“They’re totally my kids and I’m just thrilled that they want to do this and be a part of a team,” Kaiser stated. “They give us their best effort, what more can you ask for than that?”

Students who placed at the tournament were: Jeremy Ragland and Josh Habiger, 1st place in improvised duet; Lizette Moreno and Juliet Miller, 3rd place in improvised duet; Harley Long and Sierra McCain, 6th place in improvised duet and Elizabeth Gomez, 6th place in solo humor. 

The forensics team will head to Satanta on Saturday to compete in the next tournament.