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If the sound of blood curdling screams, strange voices, and political speeches scare you, then a forensics tournament is not the place for you.
Galax High School hosted the Mountain Empire District Forensics Tournament on Feb. 18. The competition included participants from Bland/Rocky Gap, Grayson County, Graham and Galax.
Students competed in 10 categories of reading, speaking and dramatic interpretation.
Galax edged out a larger team from Bland for the first place trophy by earning a team score of 33 points. Other scores included Bland/Rocky Gap, 31; Graham, 21; and Grayson County, 4.
First place individuals and duo pairs for Galax were Christine McLennan in poetry, Harley Brewer in humorous dramatic interpretation, Chantasy Cottrell in “serious dramatic interpretation,” Karan Kumar and Jacob Kohl in “humorous duo,” and Ashley Nale and Grace Wilson in “serious duo.”
Second place winners included Daniel Hix in storytelling and Jesse Phillips in prose interpretation. Others who advanced to regional competition were Jensyn Stoots in prose, and the team of Lindsey Nale and Matthew Downey in humorous duo.
Haley Carpenter, Cody Dow, Haley Isaacs and Ashley Jordan made solid showings at the competition.
First, second and third place finishers will compete at Rural Retreat on Saturday in the Region C forensics tournament.
Forensic coaches E.J. Saul, Eric Tatum and B.J. Carroll were proud of such a strong finish for the small team.
The GHS forensics team will host a “Leap into Forensics” coffeehouse today in the library of GHS at 6 p.m.