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Somerset sends 21 to state forensics

Pictured are (front, laying) Mitchel Hosley; (front row, from left) Max McMeeken, Sydney Nelson, Kendall Isaacson, Briggan Harris and Nikki Quaderer; (middle row) Hannah Erickson, Natalie Van Dam, Autumn McMeeken, Elsie Shartin-Folkert, Emily Colombo and Kylie Anderson; (back row) Danielle Anderson, Maggie Becher, Carrie Kulibert, Sydney Branom, Quinn Perro, Braeden Lange-Green, Christopher Haglund and Cade Colbeth. Toni Reyes is not pictured. (Photo by Sarah Young)

Somerset High School Forensics team members will hear cheers and applause from their fellow students at a pep fest in their honor April 11 before they head to Madison to compete at the state level Saturday, April 12.

Twenty-one students who competed at the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association district tournament at Menomonie High School March 22 advanced to the state competition, to be held at UW-Madison.

“They’re a really young team, so I was so excited,” said Carolyn Spoerl, Somerset High School English teacher and forensics advisor of the team’s success. “Their hard work paid off.”

Spoerl, who has advised the team for two years, said the roster of 30 students doubled in size from last year. She credits the senior captains, Natalie Van Dam and Carrie Kulibert, with getting the word out about the team.

“We have a good mix of students, with a lot of sophomores this year,” Spoerl said. “Their strong points are their originality and confidence. They really put themselves out there.”

Spoerl said while in Madison, students will have the chance to explore the UW campus, State Street and the famed farmer’s market.

As for preparation, the students will work hard the next week polishing their pieces and “not laughing while doing pieces,” Spoerl said with a chuckle.

Spoerl is assisted by Spanish instructor Sara Turner, who helps students practice and attends meets.

Students will compete in the following categories at the state competition:

  •  Play Acting: Mitchel Hosley, Christopher Haglund, Braeden Lange-Green - Batman

Danielle Anderson, Quinn Perro, Toni Reyes - Elevator

Kendall Isaacson, Briggan Harris, Sydney Nelson - Bag Ladies

Autumn McMeeken, Max McMeeken - Dead Parrot

  •  Solo Acting: Emily Colombo - Multiple Personality Murder
  •  Farrago: Kylie Anderson - Society; Maggie Becher - Cycle of Bravery
  •  Poetry: Nikki Quaderer - Loneliness; Hannah Erickson - Love
  •  Prose: Natalie Van Dam - Divergent; Carrie Kulibert - Code Name Verity; Sydney Branom - Dear Bullies; Elsie Shartin-Folkert - Looking for Alaska
  •  Moments in History: Cade Colbeth - Star Wars
Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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