The McPherson High School Forensics team won the Class 4A state championship over the weekend in virtual competition conducted via Zoom.
MHS, under the guidance of coach Aaron Schopper, had 17 participants in the tournament and had a state champion in Caden Hardgrave in original oration. The Bullpups outlasted Miege and Tonganoxie in an extremely close 3-team race.
Alex Miller was fourth in the Lincoln-Douglas debate, which took place on Friday. The other Bullpups competed on Saturday, with 15 clearing the prelims and 8 of those moved on in the competition.
Here are the MHS placers:
In Series Solo Acting:
Sophomore Zoe McHenry placed 13th
Sophomore Macyn Ward placed 11th and dropped in semifinals
In Duet Acting:
The Senior team of Sophie Blevins and Sean Gorman placed 8th.
Juniors Carley Malm and Caden Hardgrave placed 6th in Finals.
Juniors Katelynn Hull and Jenna Fish placed 3rd.
In Duo Interpretation:
Sophomore Team of Dane Partain and Gage Smith placed 10th and dropped in semifinals
Sophomore team of Zach Stein and Sam Houston placed 9th and dropped in semifinals
Freshmen Lucy Bowman and Sophomore Emily Heskett placed 5th in Finals.
In Extemporaneous Speaking:
Junior Colson Hicks placed 10th and dropped in semifinals
Sophomore Payton Hamilton placed 6th in the Final Round
Senior Levi Cromwell placed 4th in the Final Round
In Informative Speaking
Freshmen Lucy Bowman placed 9th and dropped in semifinals
Sophomore Payton Hamitlon placed 6th in the Final Round
Sophomore Macyn Ward placed 4th in the Final Round.
In Prose Interpretation
Junior Sheridan Bliss placed 10th and dropped in semifinals
In Original Oration:
Junior Caden Hardgrave placed 1st and was named State Champion in that event.
Out of 27 competing schools, McPherson High School was crowned Team State Champions.
2nd place Bishop Miege
3rd place Tonganoxie
At the same time the Forensics State Festival was also going.
The Duet Team of Xavier Billings (Sophomore) and Andrea Copeland (Junior) received a I rating.
In Humorous Acting:
Freshmen Alyssa Harger received a I rating.
Sophomore Ian Wince received a I rating.
Junior Paul Holmes received a II rating.