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Prairie View forensics team earns medals at state tourney

Updated: May 24, 2022

Jenna Thompson, left, and Cayden Forrester won medals at the Kansas State Speech and Drama tournament in Wichita on Saturday. (Photos from Prairie View Facebook page)

The Prairie View High School forensics team picked up three medals at the Kansas State Speech and Drama tournament in Wichita on Saturday, May 7. This year the entire team qualified for the state tournament or the state festival, according to forensics sponsor Pam Peters.

This year, instead of pitting schools in the same classifications against each other, the Kansas High School Activities Association (KHSAA) allowed teams to travel to the closest high school hosting a state tournament. The result was teams from schools like Prairie View competed against districts in size from 2A to 6A schools, according to Peters.

However the Prairie View team walked away with three medals. Junior Jenna Thompson schooled a second place finish in informative speech as well as fourth in serious solo acting.

Senior Cayden Forrester placed second in interpretive reading of poetry. Forrester teamed with junior Emma Chambers to place 10th in improvised duet acting (IDA), where students draw characters and a situation at random and are given a few minutes to create brief performance.

Juniors Kyla Cooper and Stefanie Koperski teamed together to place 20th in IDA as well.

Meadow Stainbrook, also a junior, placed 23 in serious solo acting and 28th in impromptu speaking, where the participant draws a subject at random and has a few minutes to formulate a brief speech.

Junior Kadin Waterman attended the state festival at the same location. She received a I, the highest festival ranking, for her serious solo acting and informative speaking.

The Prairie View forensics team includes, from front, Cayden Forrester, Emma Chambers, Jenna Thompson, Kyle Cooper, Kadin Waterman, Meadow Stainbrook and Stefanie Koperski.

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