The Centre High School forensics team is the Wheat State League champion. The team won first place at the league meet in Little River on April 2, competing against Solomon, Goessel, Peabody-Burns, Elyria Christian, White City, and Chase County.
Ten of the 12 members who attended broke into the final round and qualified for state championships.
First-place finishers included sophomore Kevin Lewis, humorous solo; junior Tom Oborny, informative speaking; senior Theo Kassebaum, original oration and extemporaneous speaking; and freshman Nellie Kassebaum, poetry interpretation.
Juniors Ellie Miller and Anna Weber placed second in improvised duet acting and duet acting.
Other placers were freshmen Courtney Hett and Tabitha Oborny, fourth in duet acting; Mark Vinduska, fifth in informative speaking; and Tabitha Oborny, fourth in original oration.
Junior Beka Basore participated in poetry interpretation and original oration, and sophomore Terren Thompson in poetry interpretation and improvised duet acting with Lewis.
“The team has performed outstandingly this season,” sponsor Jennifer Montgomery said.
They will compete in regional competition at Chapman later this month.