Thirty-one members of the Waupaca Forensics Team battled cold, wind and ice as they traveled to Durand Friday, Feb. 21, for a highly contested western Wisconsin speech tournament.
The weather was no challenge for the Comet speakers on Saturday as they captured first-place honors with a total of 318 speaker points, the highest total in Waupaca history.
Eau Claire North and Durand followed in large team competition for second and third place.
Earning championship honors were Thomas Phillipsen and Jason Cardinal in Duo-Interpretation; Issac Barden in Poetry Interpretation; and Cole Pankratz in Special Occasion Speaking.
Second-place honors went to Emily Cummings and Nikki Weise in Duo-Interpretation; Emma Resop and Courtney Miller in Group Interpretive Reading; Cole Pankratz in Prose Interpretation; Joe Gill in Radio Broadcasting; and Courtney Miller in Special Occasion Speaking.
Receiving third-place honors were Amanda Durfee in Original Oratory and Parker Sweeney in Prose and Poetry Interpretation..
Other team members winning awards were Nick Jungers, Ryan Weise, Jackson Newell, Autumn Schultz, Kirsten Dahlk, Ellen Ryder and Dakota Marlega.
The team captured the Eastern Valley Conference Forensic Crown on Feb. 17 and a third-place finish at the Kaukauna tournament on Feb. 15.
The team will next compete for national qualifiers on March 8 at New London and March 9 at Ripon College.