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Success in Forensics 2014-2015

By Emily Kratzer, Classroom Manager of giantword.com

 

The 2014-2015 WHS Forensics team (part of it) at the States after awards.

The 2014-2015 WHS Forensics team (part of it) at the States after awards.

A more accurate picture after states.

A more accurate picture after states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success is something that many students strive for, and this year, the WHS Forensics team has succeeded past regionals and all the way to states. The early mornings and long days have paid off for the 2014-2015 team. The team had seven members move on to states this year: Carly Edwards, Marie Gilbert, Robin Cooter, Hailey White, Nathaniel Marion, Jayna Jean-Jules, and Rebekah Martin. The team was recognized Tuesday, April 13th by the school board for their excellent season.

Saturday, March 28th, the vans loaded up around 6 am with the state bound members plus Emma Parolisi (12) and Olive Piper (11) who went along for support. After a pit stop at Sheetz, a tradition for the team, the real competition began. A long day and 3 rounds later, 4 members were officially state champions. Robin Cooter, junior, placed 1st in Humorous Interpretation, where a students picks a funny piece to perform the judges. Marie Gilbert placed 2nd in Humorous Interpretation. Hailey White and Nathaniel Marion placed 1st in Humorous Duo, where two students pick a funny piece to perform together for judges.

Nathaniel and Hailey with the poster telling them they've made it to finals.

Nathaniel and Hailey with the poster telling them they’ve made it to finals.

Marie and Robin with the poster telling they've made it on to finals.

Marie and Robin with the poster telling they’ve made it on to finals.

Waiting hear what they placed in the state meet.

Waiting hear what they placed in the state meet. (Humorous Interpretation)

Waiting to hear what they placed in the state meet.

Waiting to hear what they placed in the state meet. (Humorous Duo)

Nathanial and Hailey's reactions to placing first place in the state meet.

Nathanial and Hailey’s reactions to placing first place in the state meet.

Even though the whole team didn’t get to compete at all the meets this season, support from fellow teammates was incredible. Team members Parolisi and Piper accompanied the team to the state meet, to lend their support and cheer on the team in each round. Parolisi is the team’s main photographer, so she spends meet days taking pictures. Piper helps team members practice before rounds, offering her own criticism on how to improve their performances.

“I was so grateful that we had to take two vans because that meant that several non-competing team members could come for support.,” said Coach Widener. “One of the coaches from another school hunted me down to tell me how wonderful the team is. He knows our competition code (how teams are broken down for rounds, each competition has a code they are identified with) because he said the competitors and the team in general were always well prepared, respectful, and fun.”

Overall, the team had a great season that increased the teams bond and performance level. By watching each other practice, members were able to offer criticism from a variety of perspectives. Some team members prefer to not to practice with the coach,  instead practicing with other team members, allowing them to get criticism from fellow team members without being more nervous in front of the coach. Also, by spending more than 12 hours together on meet days, the team has the chance to get to know each other and bond as a team.

“This season was the best season yet,” said junior Catie Freeman. “It’s so great to see all of our team members grow and become better at what they’re doing!”

“This was the most successful season the team has had since I joined,” said Piper. “We were able to do it because this year we really watched each other and helped each other perform better.”

“This season has been a strange one, but looking back I’m not surprised at our success,” said Widener. “It was obvious that the team worked very hard, just not always with me. I want my team to remember that success in Forensics isn’t always about the team, how they work together, or how much they practice. It’s about picking your pieces, making them personal, and getting good judges. This season we had all three. Here’s to hoping next year will be just as good!”

 

The team at a meet at Fluvanna earlier this year.

The team at a meet at Fluvanna earlier this year.

Coach Widener with Catie Freeman and Emily Kratzer at one of the home meets earlier in the year.

Coach Widener with Catie Freeman and Emily Kratzer at one of the home meets earlier in the year.

 

All pictures belong to the WHS Forensics Team.

 

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