Manistee Forensics team eyeing Regional competition

MANISTEE — The Manistee High School Forensics team may be small on numbers this year, but they have been huge in results.

Manistee High School’s Hayley Johnson is shown third from the left at the recent Best of the West Forensics Tournament at Portage Central High School. She is currently ranked second in the state in Extemporaneous Speaking which could automatically qualify her for the state finals.

In the past several weeks they have made good showings at two different competitions in the Portage area.

The first of those was at Portage Northern High School where they scored their second straight victory. Coach Bree Miller couldn’t be happier with the victory.

“They are working extremely hard and it sure is showing,” said Miller.

Senior Hayley Johnson led the team with a second place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking. Also turning in a strong effort was senior Macie Goodspeed, who placed fourth in Poetry Interpretation.

Freshmen Kyla White continued to show improvement just missing the semifinal round by placing 14th overall in the Poetry Interpretation, and senior Lauren Hanna was 24th in Dramatic Interpretation.

Manistee’s team was back in action over the weekend in the Best of the West tournament at Portage Central High School. The Chippewas were up against some strong competition and finished in fifth place behind Avondale, Kalamazoo Central, Grand Rapids City and Lift Academy.

Macie Goodspeed captured a fifth place in the Poetry Interpretation, and senior Haley Johnson had a similar effort in the Extemporaneous Speaking category. Senior Kyle Carter came in ninth place in Prose Interpretation, and freshman Kyla White placed 16th in Poetry Interpretation. Also scoring for the Chippewas was Lauren Hanna, who was 18th in Dramatic Interpretation.

Miller said this year there has been some changes at the state level on how students can get to the Regional Tournament.

“This year they have a new path to the Regional Tournament as some students who have done exceptionally well during the invitational season can pre-bid their way to the state tournament and bypass the regional,” said Miller. “We are going to attempt this with Haley and Macie this year. Haley is currently ranked second in the state in Extemporaneous Speaking for Class B,C, D schools and Macie is ranked fourth in the state in Poetry Interpretation.”

Miller pointed out it is still tough to get into the tournament in that fashion.

“Only four students in the state in each category will receive a pre-bid, so it will be tough, but we are going for it,” said Miller.

Regionals will take place this year on April 13 at Lake City High School.

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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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