IHS forensics squad ready for state

By ANNE KAZMIERCZAK
Register Reporter

Register/Anne Kazmierczak
Iola High School forensics team members are, front from left, Madison Ford, Eileen Chase, Marah Melvin, Katarina McIntosh, Jasmine Bannister and instructor Jennifer Jones; second row from left, Kent Toland, Hannah Barclay, Kyle Carswell, Alex Piazza, Andrew Kipp, Jonathan Michaels, Reagan Webster, Mack Melvin, Chris Harrington and coach Richard Spencer

Iola High School forensics team members are excited about the weekend. On Friday, the team’s one-act play will be performed at the state meet in Kansas City, then Saturday, the group goes to Topeka for speech events.
“We’ve qualified something in every category,” said team member Alex Piazza. Only 16 entires are allowed per school.
“We qualified 19 this year, which is really hard,” said Marah Melven.
The students qualified for the state meet by receiving first or second place standings in meets throughout the school year, said Melven.
Forensics includes acting, speaking, interpretation, improv and extemporaneous speaking, Piazza said.
In extemporaneous pieces, the speakers are given a topic and half an hour to prepare a piece, explained language arts instructor Virginia Crane.
Crane was scoring the group unofficially at their performance Wednesday. She has judged state forensics in the past and was helping the students hone their skills.
Students are judged on voice, animation of face and body and memorization, interpretation or persuasiveness, depending on the category of the peice, she said.
All 16 forensics pieces to be judged at the state meet were performed Wednesday, although the one act was not.