Two Wayland High School forensics students competed with close to 600 others from around the state, representing 45 different schools May 19-21 at the annual Michigan Speech Coaches Incorporated State Spring Conference (MSCI) at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Senior and team captain Courtney Johnson placed fourth in Declamation and sophomore Camber Barko placed seventh in storytelling. Overall, the students’ combined scores earned Wayland seventh place in its division.
Coach Andrea Brown said she is very proud of all the students’ hard work and effort they put into making their performances fabulous.
“They truly are an amazingly talented group of students willing to put their time, energy and emotion into their performances,” the coach said. “It was a pleasure and an honor to work with them on their pieces, and a sheer joy to watch them accept their trophies at the award ceremony Saturday night.”
Forensics is the art of competitive speaking and acting and students can compete in a multitude of different categories, including but not limited to storytelling (the student brings a child’s story to life), declamation (were students recreate a speech originally written by someone else).
PHOTO: (Courtesy of coach Andrea Brown) WHS forensic students Courtney Johnson and Camber Barko at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.