MHS Student Qualifies for National Tournament in ForensicsMay 2nd, 2013 by Monticello Schools
Elizabeth Wilson, a junior at Monticello High School, has qualified for the national tournament sponsored by the National Forensic League (NFL). Wilson earned first place in Original Oratory at the Arkansas District NFL Tournament. MaryKate Jones and Erin Ashcraft earned the 1st alternate award in Duo Interpretation, and Jacob Chisom is the 1st alternate in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Nationals are scheduled for Birmingham, Alabama, June 16 – 21.
Of the 16 members of Monticello High School NFL Chapter who competed in the District tournament, 11 are alternates to the national tournament; the 4 MHS teams advancing to finals in Duo Interpretation were MaryKate and Erin Ashcraft (1st alternate), James Leslie and Jessica Craven (4th), Savannah Reynolds and Zach Cason (3rd), and Kinsley Akin and Dillon Todd (2nd). Rebecca Stephenson is the 2nd alternate in Dramatic Interpretation, and Daniel Wigley is the 3rd alternate in Student Congress Senate.
The MHS team earned a 2nd Place Sweepstakes award for individual events. The other MHS team members who qualified for district and earned team points for the sweepstakes award are David De Rueda, (humorous interp), Hannah James (oratory and humorous interp), Kelly Murphy (oratory), and N’Shyka Shelton (student congress and oratory).
The 1st place sweepstakes award was awarded to Bentonville High School, and 3rd place was awarded to Fayetteville High School. Coach Debbie Ashcraft said, “It’s pretty awesome to see our students experience so much success right beside students from these powerhouse schools. We are so very proud of all of our students and are thankful for the amazing support from our school community: parents, teachers, staff, and administrators. Christy Armbrust, drama coach, and I are surrounded by so many talented young adults. They reflect the excellent education received in K thru 12 in the MSD. All of their teachers, past and present, should be very proud of them.”
Shown in team photo are…
Front row: Becca Stephenson, Savannah Reynolds, Elizabeth Wilson, Erin Ashcraft, MaryKate Jones
Second row: Jessica Craven, Daniel Wigley, N’Shyka Shelton, Kelly Murphy, David DeRueda
Back row: L J Leslie, Jacob Chisom, Kinsley Akin, Dillon Todd, Zach Cason, and Hannah James