The Sterling High School forensics team, coming off of a second place finish at state during the 2015 season, has high hopes for this year.
With more than 50 students involved in forensics, coach Betsy Dutton, in her 34th year at the helm, will have a tough time narrowing down the best 16 events for the State Championship.
“To qualify, each person has to place first or second at one meet, but because we have such problems with numbers we require that at two meets,” she said. “I have seven seniors in [The Amish Project] and most of them have done forensics, so that is where we will start with pieces. There are also a lot of very talented freshmen, but if it comes down to a senior or a freshman, the senior will be chosen to compete.”
Senior Hannah Hendricks, who placed at the 2015 state competition, believes that Sterling’s diverse team of talents has a great chance at capturing the school’s 24th state forensics title.
“I’m really really excited because we have a lot of great talent coming up this year,” she said. “I can’t wait to watch the young ones shine.”