MAPS Forensic team finishes fourth at Alma Maze

MANISTEE — Manistee High School Forensics coach Eric Thuemmel liked what he saw from his team when they competed over the weekend at the Alma Maze Forensics Tournament.

Thuemmel had good reason to be happy after his team finished in fourth place overall in the 18 team field. The Chippewa squad took home one first place medal, two second places finishes and two third place ones.

“We saw some good improvement this past weekend,” said Thuemmel. “I’m encouraged on how well our storytellers are doing and am hoping they can keep it up as we approach the regional and state next month.”

The storytelling category was a strong point for the Chippewas as Blade Gates took home a first place medal, while Lily Schafter in the Storytelling 9/10 division won second place. Also strong in the Storytelling 9/10 category was Angelina Sam who won third place.

Thuemmel was also pleased with what he saw in other categories as there was good  balance across the board.

“Haley Johnson had a second place in Extemporaneous and she has been showing lots of consistency,” the Chippewa coach said.

Thuemmel said it was a real team effort for the Chippewas that earned them medals in many areas.

“Nine of the 12 competitors we took to the tournament advanced to the final round and ended up on the award stand,” said Thuemmel.

A third place medal also went to Emily Thomas for her performance in Sales and taking a fourth place medal in Poetry was Macie Goodspeed. Megan Huber had a fifth place finish in Sales and sixth place medals went to Sarah Sheathelm for Informative and Zach Weber for Dramatic.

“We had some members of the team who competed and didn’t medal, but they are showing improvement,” said Theummel.

Those students included Kyle Carter (eighth place in Prose), Olivia Holtgren (13th place in Poetry) and Sarah Stuck (15th place in Poetry).

Manistee’s Forensic team will be on the road on road at Grand Rapids Christian on March 10.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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