The Culver Academies speech team captured its second consecutive sectional title at Lafayette McCutcheon High School March 1. Culver’s margin of victory over runner-up Indianapolis Ben Davis was 98 points.
Thirty-four of the team’s 39 entries qualified for the Indiana High School Forensics Association’s State Tournament, matching the record set in 2013. The state qualifiers included seven Sectional Champions and eight Sectional Runners-up. The state tournament will be Saturday, March 15, at Fishers High School.
Sectional champions included: Katie Bevil and Kirsten Pressler, Scripted Duo; David Brown, U.S. Extemporaneous; Makenna-Kala Kershaw and Alaina Smith, Memorized Duo; Josh Kuric, Discussion; Hallie Rauch, Impromptu; Ben Snyder, Interational Extemporaneous; and Peter Talbot, Broadcast.
Sectional runners-up included: Hayes Barnes, Poetry Interpretation; Hayes Barnes and Emily Hernandez, Scripted Duo; Yen-Yen Gao, Impromptu; Morgan Hartman, Original Performance; Erin Luck, Humorous Interpretation; Tyler Sorg, Broadcast; Katrina Willis, Original Oratory; and Frank Zhang, International Extemporaneous.
Finishing third in their categories were: Lauren Engelbrecht, Humorous Interpretation; Harry Kang, International Extemporaneous; Erin Luck, Prose Interpretation; Maya Panicker, Declamation; Sandra Smith, Discussion; and Frank Zhang, Impromptu.
Fourth place finishers were: Dana Brown, Declamation and Humorous Interpretation; David Brown, Impromptu; Ethan Carter, Prose Interpretation; Meranda Ma, Poetry Interpretation; Stephanie Ma and Sydney Briel, Scripted Duo; Ryan Walsh, Broadcast; and Charles Zhang, Discussion.
Fifth place finishers included: Peyton Gavlick, Poetry Interpretation; Lauren Hutchinson, Prose Interpretation; Destini Pimental, Discussion; and Hallie Rauch, Declamation.
Emily Hernandez also finished in sixth place in Declamation.
The team also took the Central Indiana Forensic League title during the season.