Maverick Forensics Take 3rd at State Champs!
On May 5, the KCHS Forensics team competed in two state events, the 2A State Championship Tournament at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and the All-class State Forensics Festival at Wichita East High School.
Fielding a full entry of 16 events at State Champs, KCHS held onto third place out of 38 total schools for the entirety of the tournament before officially placing third in final Team Sweepstakes. Ellis took first place overall, followed by Jetmore-Hodgeman County in second.
The Mavericks broke seven entries into the semi-final round (top 12) and five events into Finals: senior Savanna Hall took 4th Place in Prose our of 44 total entries, senior McKelvie McMurry finished in 4th Place in Poetry out of 40 entries, sophomore Ashlind Gumpenberger was 9th in Extemporaneous Speaking out of 17 entries, juniors Braiden Merhoff & Ben Stewart placed 5th in Improvisational Duet Acting out of 33 total entries, freshman Allison Kirby finished 7th in Original Oration out of 24 entres , freshman Nathaniel Enfield took 2nd place in Informative Speaking out of 25 total entries, and juniors Alex Friesen & Eli Francis placed 2nd in Improvisational Duet Acting (33 entries). Also earning some very important points toward KC's 3rd Place Team finish were juniors Haleigh Raber, Christen Osborn, and Regan Rhodes, and sophomore Kellie Rhodes.
At the State Festival, the Mavericks came away with excellent ballots from their judges. The following students received 2 Ratings: freshman Logan Rugg in Prose, freshman Ellery McMurry in Prose, junior Rhylan Tedder in Prose, freshman Gracie Gray in Prose, sophomore Keith Gossman in Impromptu Speaking, McMurry & Makenna Merhoff in Duet Acting. Earning 1 Ratings were junior Camden VandenHoek in Prose, freshman Makenna Merhoff in Prose, junior Brecken VandenHoek in Poetry, freshman Parker Stauth in Poetry, Gossman in Poetry, and freshman Mason Dean in Poetry.
"I couldn't be more proud of this group of students, "stated Coach Kim McMurry. "Not only are they obviously very talented, but they're willing to try new things, to step outside of their comfort zones, and most importantly, they are willing to work hard. I am so pleased that this work ethic, their great attitudes, and their team spirit have paid off in amazing State Tournament and Festival Results. I really believe that the students and my coaching staff have created something very special with this team and with the Forensics program in general, and I hope we can continue to enjoy a lot of success in the future. We are truly grateful for everyone's encouragement and support of fine arts activities in Kiowa County!" McMurry is assisted by Janet West and Kim Stewart.