Beginning in late January, the fifteen members of Roeper’s High School Forensics Team have been participating in invitational tournaments on Saturdays. Competitors wake up very early to attend all-day competitions at locations from as close as Rochester Hills to as far as Birch Run. At each tournament they perform a chosen literary selection or self-written speech up to five times while competing against other students from across the state.
Twelve team members braved the snow and ice this past Saturday, March 4 to compete at the 13th Annual Ninjatational at Avondale High School. For five students this was their first ever high school tournament, and the entire team collectively put in great performances, earning Roeper a 3rd place sweepstakes trophy in the medium-school division.
Receiving high marks were: Graycin Bleiberg (11th place) and Caleb Hoover (7th place) in dramatic interpretation, Ilan Ben-Gal (17th place) in sales, Meira Gable (10th place) in oratory, Kaitlyn Gruber (8th place) in storytelling 9/10, Vijval Nandigala (12th place) in impromptu, and Signe Smith (9th place) in poetry. Five contestants were named tournament finalists, placing in the top six in their respective categories: Eli Miller was 5th in program oral interpretation, Hollis Perry placed 5th in poetry, Oskar Zakonjsek was 5th in informative, and Ruby McKeever and Vaughn Roycraft were duo tournament champions, with a first place finish in their category.
The high school season continues with two more invitational tournaments at Novi High School, March 11, and Walled Lake Western High School, March 18. Tournaments are always open to the public, and community members who are interested are welcome to come and cheer on our forensics team. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you would like to attend!