Roeper Forensics March Madness!

Laura Moore
During the past two Saturdays the Roeper High School Forensics team participated in two very high stakes invitational tournaments with amazing results!

On March 11, team members traveled to Novi, with seven of our eight competitors participating in the MSCI Novice States tournament as first-year forensics competitors. All eight were semi-finalists, with Rocco Morrow placing 12th and Kaitlyn Gruber 11th in storytelling 9/10, Ilan Ben-Gal 10th in sales, Vijval Nandigala 9th in impromptu, Caleb Hoover 3rd in dramatic interpretation, Oskar Zakonjsek 2nd in informative, and Hollis Perry placing 2nd in poetry after being tied for first following the final round. The tie was broken by a single judge’s score! Eli Miller was our sole veteran competitor, placing 6th in program oral interpretation in the open division, and Roeper’s cumulative efforts earned a second-place sweepstakes trophy.

The forensics in-person invitational season culminated at Walled Lake Western on Saturday, March 18. Over 400 students from across the state participated in this highly competitive event, and impressive performances by all eight team members earned Roeper an incredible first place sweepstakes trophy in the small school division! Cosmo Steffke placed 25th in sales, Vijval Nandigala was 21st place in impromptu, Kaitlyn Gruber was 13th in storytelling 9/10 (missing semis by only one place), and in poetry, Hollis Perry was 23rd and Signe Smith was a semi-finalist placing 13th. Three students became tournament finalists. Rocco Morrow was awarded 3rd in storytelling 9/10, and in duo, Ruby McKeever and Vaughn Roycraft were named duo tournament champions for the second time this season, finishing 1st place in their category.

We are looking forward to a very busy April with Regionals and MIFA High School States. Tournaments are open to the public, and community members are welcome to attend and cheer on our forensics team. Email for more information if you would like to attend!
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