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Forensics team has strong start
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SOUTH WAYNE - On Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, members of the Black Hawk Forensics team traveled to compete in the DeForest and Sun Prairie Forensics tournaments, respectively. Close to 30 schools and over 400 entries were in attendance at each of the these tournaments, but Black Hawk managed to bring home trophies and medals at both.

At DeForest, five out of Black Hawk's 10 entries advanced to the power round: Katie Place in poetry reading; Jorden Rupnow in prose reading; Molly Bechtolt in public address; and Kate Quinn and Jorden Rupnow in serious solo acting. Rupnow brought home the first-place trophy in acting, while Bechtolt took third in her category.

At Sun Prairie, Black Hawk saw additional competition with power house Madison Memorial, but still managed to get Rupnow into powers. She again took home the first-place trophy, sweeping the power round with three first-place ranks. Despite tough competition, Adrianna Hromadka and Nicole Kloepfer also advanced in play acting, coming in fourth.

Judging were Black Hawk staff member Anthony Petitjean and alumni Brianna Ditzenberger, Amy Brenum, Courtney Brooker, Stephanie Pickett and Savannah Ernzen. The team is coached by Sheila Bredeson.

The team next travels to Delavan-Darien on Feb. 20.