Dec 132013

Thirteen students from Winslow High School competed in the Forensic League of Arizona Winter Trophy held Dec. 6 and 7 at Sierra Linda High School in Phoenix. Seventeen high schools from 1A through 4A districts statewide participated in this annual event.
WHS had 16 entries in competition, including public forum debate, oratory, expository speaking, dramatic interpretation, prose, poetry and duet acting. Thirteen entries moved on to the semifinals, and eight of those entries went on the championship round.
Winslow brought home two Winter Trophy state championship awards. Preston Greenwood was the champion in prose and Luke McCauley was the tournament champion in humor.
Nathaniel Renney was runner-up with a second place in poetry.
Alexis Sievers earned third place in dramatic interpretation.
Brittany Fischer was awarded fourth place for her expository speech.
Clinton Contreras was fifth in dramatic interpretation.
The duet acting team of Michael Lane and Aura Renney earned a sixth in duet acting. David Messer was awarded sixth in prose.
Daniel Lane, Cheyenne Armijo and Jude Tombo completed three preliminary rounds.
WHS alumni Ashley McLaws and Zach Young accompanied the team as judges, along with team coaches Sarah Smithson and Marianne Richardson.
Due to the inclement weather, the team left the tournament immediately after the final round. The team, their coaches and judges expressed gratitude to bus driver John Maine for bringing them safely across snow packed roads.
Community volunteers Jean Glenn, Chris and Linda Card, as well as Ashley McLaws and Zach Young, helped the team prepare for this competition.
The next competition will be held in January at Central High School in Phoenix.