Forensics students to compete at state and national contests

Submitted by Amber Toth, April 18

The Fort Scott High School Tigers will be well-represented at the National Tournament in Salt Lake City this June.

4-20 Forensics
Photo credit: Amber Toth

The team has qualified nine students to the national tournament this year. Charlotte Hutchison and Sebastian Loyd will take duo interpretation. Seth Cross, Joe Adams and Darby Toth will take student congress. Garrett Tatro will be taking domestic extemporaneous. Isabella Provence will take humorous interpretation. Rebekah Sweyko will take informative speaking and Thomas Nighswonger will take program of oral interpretation.

Fort Scott is ranked the number one school in our district. Charlotte Hutchison is ranked first in the district and 6th in the state and was also named district student of the year last weekend. Garrett Tatro is ranked second in the district and 11th in the state. Sebastian Loyd is ranked 3rd in the district and 12th in the state.

“This is an amazing accomplishment,” forensics coach Amber Toth says. “These students are ranked in all classifications, not just with other 4A schools.”

But the excitement does not stop there. Fort Scott will also be represented at state. The state only allows each school to bring 16 total entries. However, this year Fort Scott had 30 entries that qualified for state. Unfortunately, that means there will be students who qualified that will not be attending the state tournament April 29-30.

Those representing Fort Scott will be Tayton Majors, Rebekah Sweyko, Isabella Provence, Darby Toth, Joe Adams, Suzi Owen, Garrett Tatro, Seth Cross, Charlotte Hutchison, Sebastian Loyd and Thomas Nighswonger. Those qualifying for state but not attending include Asia Farrington, Ashton Williams, Jake Province, Sara Al-Shawish, Ethan Tatro, Dalton Womeldorff, and Logan Hall.

“While I hate to leave students home from state that absolutely deserved to be there, it is a nice problem to have,” Toth said.

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