Forensics competition heats up as state, nationals get closer

Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Daily Globe
Dodge City High School forensics team of Alicia Santos, Hever Arjon, Olivia Ramos, Bryce Moore, Halle Robinson, Angel Amaro qualified for the National Invitational Tournament of Champions recently.

Six Dodge City High School forensics students qualified for the National Invitational Tournament of Champions recently.

According to DCHS forensics coach Johnny Dunlap, to qualify, the students must earn two bids at qualifying tournaments by placing high enough to win a bid.

"For an idea of how difficult this is, the team competed in seven NIETOC qualifying tournaments to earn their six qualifiers," said Dunlap. "Qualifying tournaments are the largest tournaments in the state and feature the best competitors."

The NIETOC National Tournament will be held online from May 5-8.

The NIETOC qualifiers for DCHS were:

Senior Alicia Santos; Dramatic Interpretation Original Oration.

Senior Halle Robinson; Humorous Interpretation.

Senior Hever Arjon; United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

Seniors Bryce Moore and Angel Amaro; Duo Interpretation.

Senior Olivia Ramos; Program of Oral Interpretation.

"DCHS had students qualify for this tournament last year, but like so many other things, it was cancelled," said Dunlap. "It will be great to have the chance to compete this year, even if we are not traveling anywhere to do so."

The DCHS forensics team will next compete in the National Speech and Debate Association National Championship Regional Qualifier.

The qualifier will be for a chance for the students to earn a qualification to the National Speech & Debate Association National Championship Tournament in June.

On  April 30 and May, DCHS will be at the Kansas State Championship.

The upcoming event schedule for DCHS forensics is as follows:

April 16-17, NSDA West Kansas Regional Qualifier

April 24, Forensics Coaches Invitational

Apr. 30-May 1, Kansas State Championship

May 5-8, NIETOC National Tournament

June 13-19, NSDA National Tournament.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@gannett.com