Forensics places second at state champs

The tradition of forensics at Sterling High School is one that is known throughout the community. Just look at the three banners in the Ora Shields Activity Center, and you’ll see that expectations can be held high for those participating in State Champs.

“When people see the banners filled with state forensics championships in the gym, I think it’s easy to assume that winning state forensics is easy. It’s not,” said senior Hannah Hendricks, who placed first individually in informative speaking. “There are hours of preparation and practice and individual work with coaches necessary just to qualify for state. There is a lot of pressure to perform well. We are Sterling Forensics, and none of us want to disappoint the school, the coaches, or ourselves.”

As Hendricks said, preparation is key when looking to bring home a trophy. That preparation paid off, bringing SHS a second place trophy and a multitude of individual medals, despite some challenges with judging.

Eight of the 15 Sterling competitors placed in the top six at the competition, five of those placed third or higher. In addition to the medalists, three others were semi-finalists.

“I was happy with how far I went, but disappointed because I didn’t make it to finals,” junior Niki Dowell said. “I know that I can make it there next year, though, because of how the coaches work with you.”

Junior Max Fulbright, who placed second in duet acting with his partner, senior Ben Millhouse, and fourth in his humorous solo, said that he and the team were extremely proud of their accomplishments.

“I felt that the team was very happy with our placement after doing well all season,” he said.

Complete Results–

Informative speaking:

Hannah Hendricks– State Champion

Will Dutton– Third Place

Duet Acting:

Ben Millhouse/Max Fulbright– Second Place

Julie Caroll/Kyler Comley– Third Place


Kaci Wilson– Third Place


Katie Comley– Third Place

Humorous Solo:

Max Fulbright– Fourth Place


Edward Weiner– Sixth Place

Lincoln-Douglas Debate:

Maddie Wagley– Sixth Place


Niki Dowell– Prose

Jessica Ricker– Serious Solo

Jessica Ricker– Humorous Solo

Kaci Wilson– Humorous Solo

J.J. Oden– Extemp

Team Totals: