Forensics team claims championship at Norton tournament

Published 02/03/2024

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For the second tournament of the new forensics season, the Phillipsburg Panthers traveled to Norton on Saturday, February 3. The Panthers placed first as a team and had 18 of their 25 entries break into finals.

The top point earner for Phillipsburg was Jaxon Glendening who placed first in impromptu, second in POI, and first in IDA with partner Caydence Corman. Corman was the second-highest point earner as she also placed third in oration and third in impromptu speaking. Also placing strongly in three events was Hallie Jerby who placed first in serious solo, third in POI, and second in duet acting with partner Lydia Walker. Walker also placed first in extemporaneous speaking. Earning the fifth gold medal for Phillipsburg was Katherine Eakin who placed first in POI, 4th in extemporaneous speaking, and 6th in oration.

Those earning 5th place medals include Jaidon Allen in POI, William Mooney in extemp, and Garrett Johnson in serious solo. Isaiah Michael placed 6th in extemp; Kyleigh Hardesty placed 7th in extemp; and Emma Schwenn placed 7th in POI.

The tournament consisted of three preliminary rounds followed by a finals round. Sylvan Grove, who had beaten Phillipsburg the previous week at Belleville, finished second; and Smith Center placed third.

The PHS team will travel to Alemena on February 10 for their next competition.