Panther forensics team claims Natoma Tournament championship

Published 04/03/2024


The Phillipsburg High School forensics team competed at the Natoma Invitational forensics tournament on Tuesday, April 2nd, and brought home the team championship and 19 event medals.

Those bringing home gold medals for the Panthers include the IDA pair of James Kraushaar and Jhett Johnson. The pair of Callie Leidig and Hannah Kennedy also won first in duet acting, and Lydia Walker won gold in the event of prose.

Silver medalists include Callie Leidig who placed 2nd in impromptu and Hallie Jerby who placed 2nd in serious solo. The IDA team of Jaxon Glendening and Layton Johnson placed 2nd as well.

Bronze medalists were Layton Johnson in humorous solo, Jaxon Glendening in impromptu, and Lydia Walker in extemporaneous.

Fourth place finishers consisted of Hannah Walker in the events of serious solo and extemporaneous, Hallie Jerby in poetry, Callie Leidig in oration, Lydia Walker and Hallie Jerby in duet, and Kaitlyn Rothe and Emma Deines in IDA.

Fifth place medalists were Audrey Belles in extemporaneous and Caydence Corman and Dayton Hugunin in IDA.

Kadence Grote brought home two sixth place medals with her performances in humorous solo and extemporaneous.

"This was a good tournament for our team to stay fresh as we prepare for state competition coming up in May. I'm proud of the energy and dedication this team brings to meets, and I'm excited to see how we compete at state," Coach Kim Pakkebier said.

The Natoma tournament was the 9th tournament of the season for the Panthers who have placed in the top teams at all competitions so far. A few members of the forensics team will compete again this Saturday in Rexford for the last regular season tournament.

The team will host a "Forensics Showcase" highlighting some of the qualified state entries on Thursday, May 2nd, in the PHS cafeteria. The public is invited to attend.

State competition is at Maize High School on Saturday, May 4th.