New season starts strong for PHS Forensics squad

Published 01/28/2024


The Phillipsburg High School forensics team took their talents on the road to begin the season in Belleville for the first tournament of the year on Saturday, January 27. The senior leadership of Layton Johnson (humorous solo), Harley Glynn (extemp), and Jaxon Glendening (POI) proved strong as each of them took gold in their individual events.

Other top placings include a 2nd place finish for Johnson in POI and a 2nd place finish for Kaitlyn Rothe in prose. Bringing home bronze medals were Glendening in impromptu, Callie Leidig in oration, and Hallie Jerby in serious solo.

Finishing in 4th place was Austin Leanna in prose. Fifth place medalists include Jerby in extemp, Leidig in impromptu, and Rothe with partner Emma Deines in IDA.

Sixth place finishers were Leanna in prose and Jerby with partner Lydia Walker in duet.

"This was a great start to our season for both our experienced kids and our newcomers. Everyone improved throughout the day, and I'm excited about the future of this team," Coach Kim Pakkebier said.

Sixteen out of this year's 32 member squad were able to attend this first tournament. Next up for the forensics team is a tournament in Norton on Saturday, February 3rd.

Forensics tournaments consist of three rounds of preliminaries. After prelims, the top six contestants in each event advance to finals where they are ranked by a panel of three judges. There are 11 different events a student can choose to enter; however, a student may not compete in more than three events in a single tournament. This is a new KSHSAA rule this year. Previously, students were only allowed to compete in two events in a single tournament.