Westosha Central Forensics team closes out season with state festival and banquet

Outstanding Freshman Award recipient Teagan Coomans with coaches. /Submitted photo

The Westosha Central Forensics team’s season came to a close with their end of the year banquet on May 4.  The team had an excellent season including their competition at the 122nd annual Wisconsin High School Forensics State Festival.

All 31 members qualified to compete at after two qualifying competitions. The team had 10 members earn gold,  17 members earn silver and 4 members earn bronze. Those who received gold include Victoria Salerno, Emily Jones, Aysiah Aguilar, Haley Gorsuch, Madison LeRoy, Teagan Coomans, Anna Kurser, Maria Greyno, Chelsea Lamp and Jennifer Young. Those who earned silver include Francesca Weidner, Veronica Bursek-Krekling, Vanessa Tym, Emily Houtz, Alex Kelly, Grace Jahnke, Lina Mack, Carina Rook, Jeanna Soto, Shannen Griffiths, Joyce Riphagen, Elise Wember , Jonathan Filiatreault, Alex Salerno, Will Cushman, Zayin Knottnerus, and Michelle Belmont. Those who received bronze include Chelsey Gerber and Jenna Bradtke, Jordan Dahlberg, and Sally Windler. In addition to all members earning scores above a 20 out of 25 points the team was recognized as by the WHSFA out of 343 high schools as one of the top 5 percent forensics teams in the state with the Excellence in Speech Award. This was a great achievement for not only the members of the team but also their team of supportive coaches.

In addition to recognizing the state winners at the banquet, senior members, the team’s most outstanding freshman and most valuable speaker were recognized for their achievements this year.

The seniors on the team this year included Jeanna Soto, Emily Jones, Michelle Belmont, Vanessa Tym, Victoria Salerno, Will Cushman, Chelsey Gerber, Haley Gorsuch, Veronica Bursek-Krekling, and Jennifer Young.

Teagan Coomans was recognized as the year’s most outstanding freshman.  After her performance this season with earning a finalist spot at Conference and gold at state her cumulative score from the season was the highest of the freshman on the team.  Tegan competed in the Moments in History category with a speech about the Trial of Orenthal James “O. J.” Simpson which proved to be impactful.

Senior member Jennifer Young was recognized for her outstanding season as the team’s Most Valuable Speaker. After a season with first place wins at Union Grove’s meet, Westosha’s Conference meet, and a gold at state Jennifer’s cumulative score was the highest of the team’s members.

Most Valuable Speaker Award winner Jennifer Young and coaches. /Submitted photos

CHS forensics seniors with coaches. /Submitted photo

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