Quinter forensics team dominates state
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
Even frequent winners of state titles can outdo themselves some years.
For Quinter High School, that was the whopping margin by which it won the 2013 Class 1A State Speech & Drama Championships last weekend.
Quinter outscored runner-up Pretty Prairie by 120 points in winning its sixth state crown in the past 10 years.
The Bulldogs have brought home state trophies awarded to the top three teams in 17 of the 23 years -- including 16 straight -- under Sue Ann Tebo's direction.
Students must finish first or second at a regular-season tournament to qualify for state, and each school is allowed to take 16 entries to state. Quinter qualified 28.
"That's the worst part of my job," Tebo said of having to pare down her state list.
It doesn't matter if you are a senior or a freshman.
"When I choose my state team, I choose who I think is going to do well and will help win us a state championship," Tebo said. "The kids are so good and understanding."
Leading the Bulldogs to accomplish that goal this year were senior Daniel Inloes and junior Jesse Roesch, who won their second consecutive state title in improvised duet acting. Also placing first was sophomore Brett Crist in serious solo acting.
But the Bulldogs got a good share of their points from nine other top-five finishers, too, as well as impressive showings in preliminary rounds. During the second of three prelim rounds alone, the Bulldogs won 12 first places out of a possible 16. They then broke the finals in 13 of their 16 entries and placed in the finals in all but two of those.
Roesch earned two top-five finishes in helping Quinter score 372 overall points -- "the most I can ever remember scoring at state," Tebo said.
He joined senior Jaci Crist for a fourth-place finish in duet acting, where senior Kylie Werth and sophomore Jason Werth placed fifth. Kylie Werth also finished in the top five in two events. She placed fifth in oration, one place behind classmate Rebecca Phelan.
The Bulldogs also had multiple winners in individual events. Junior Katie Kuntz and senior Megan Gogert finished second and third, respectively, in informative speaking, and sophomores Bethany Herl and Baanah Guisinger placed second and fifth in prose.
Rounding out Quinter's top-five finishes at state was senior Kiya Brouhard, the runner-up in the humorous solo category.
Also in 1A this year, junior Andrew Flax from Western Plains High School in Ransom won first place in extemporaneous speech.
In 2A state competition at Wichita, the sophomore duo of Kaine Fredrickson and Molly Jansonius from Oberlin-Decatur Community High School won the improvised duet acting category, and in 3A, also at Wichita, Norton seniors Jade Braun (oral interpretation of prose) and Sami Gordon (informative speech) also were individual state champs.