Drama, Debate and Forensics team win!!!!

Please join me in congratulating the outstanding performance of Seward High’s Debate Drama and Forensics Team at the state tournament this past weekend.  There were 25 teams and 255 students participating at this year’s event. Awards received at State:



Josephine Braun: 6th Place Speaker Points

Josephine Braun & Robin McKnight: 3rd Place Public Forum Debate



Joel Williams:  Semi-Finalist Extemporaneous Commentary

Emily Brockman: 1st Place Original Oratory



Brandon Moore:  6th Place Humorous Interpretation.

Dylan Gillespie & Hunter Doan: 4th Place Duet Acting

Griffin Plush & Emily Brockman: 3rd Place Duo Interpretation

Alyssa Leisure, Allie & Gabby Katsma, & Griffin Plush: 2nd Place Reader’s Theater

Josephine Braun, Emily Brockman, Hunter Doan & Robin McKnight: 1st Place Reader’s Theater


Command Performances (This honor is given to students who are nominated by peers, judge’s, and audience members for excellence.)

Hunter Doan & Dylan Gillespie for The Universe, Duet Acting

Moriah & Susannah Doepken for Of Mice and Men, Duo Interpretation


Team Awards

3rd Place Debate, small Schools

2nd Place Forensics, small schools

1st Place Overall, small schools


Robin McKnight:  Debate Drama and Forensics Student of the Year


All the points received by all team members helped to earn the award for 1st place overall for small schools.  :  )


We want to thank the parents, classmates, and former team members who came out to support our team.  And a special shout out to Mr. Walker for his support throughout the season and at the tournament.


The State Team

Robin McKnight

Josephine Braun

Hunter Doan

Griffin Push

Emily Brockman

Dylan Gillespie

Brandon Moore

Lydia Thomas

Susannah & Moriah Doepken

Allie & Gabby Katsma

Alyssa Leisure

Maddy Rea

Joel Williams

Justin Schutter (alternate)

Ashley Guernsey (alternate)

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