This Saturday, the Dodge City High School forensics team will compete in the state championships in Olathe.
More than 12 DCHS students will compete in 16 events against other Class 6A schools.
According to DCHS forensics coach Johnny Dunlap, the team will compete for sweepstakes to determine the team state champions, which will be determined by the overall performance of all contestants from the team.
The DCHS forensics competitors are seniors Jana Garcia, Lorenz Looney and Lizette Moreno; juniors Arden Ingram and Kylee Smith; sophomores Allison Haselhorst, Crystal Montalvo, Olivia Ramos, Halle Robinson and Alicia Santos; freshman Gage Banks and Glenn Gillespie.
Santos, Banks and Gillespie are Novices, meaning it is their first season in forensics.
"I could not be prouder of these students," Dunlap said. "At the beginning of the season, I told them we were going to compete at the most difficult tournaments we could find, so to qualify for state, they would have to work harder than they have before. On top of their hard work in the classroom, they came in after school, during opportunity period, and even over Spring Break.
"They will be a force to be reckoned with at state champs this year."
Students must have finished in first or second place in a tournament sometime in the forensics season to qualify for state championships.
"Since the team is only allowed 16 events for state championships many of the students who made the cut qualified several times throughout the season and the final squad was chosen by the coaches," Dunlap said.
Though they are only allowed to compete in two events at the tournament nine of the students qualified in two events and two qualified in three this season.
Santos and Robinson were the two competitors who qualified in three qualifiers.
"What’s impressive about these two and exciting for the future, is that they are only sophomores who have a lot more in store for them in these next two years," said forensics assistant coach John Alfrey.
In addition to the state championships, six DCHS forensics students who will compete May 10-12 in Omaha, Neb., for the National Individual Event Tournament of Champions, making it the first time DCHS will compete in a national tournament.
More information on the national tournament will be provided by Dunlap at a later date.
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