Local state debaters transition to forensics
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
Hays High School senior Alex Green and junior Ben Rajewski hope their success in one activity carries over to another.
After competing in the Class 5A state two-speaker debate tournament at Overland Park's Blue Valley West High School in January, the HHS duo will begin participating in forensics Saturday at Norton.
Green and Rajewski went 3-3 at the state debate tourney, just missing the finals.
To qualify for state in forensics, competitors must finish first or second at a regular-season tournament.
Green and Rajewski, as well as other HHS students, will get their first crack at trying to accomplish that goal Saturday.
Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, which also is scheduled to compete at Norton, already has qualified two students for the state speech and drama championships in May as junior Cody Kreutzer and senior Rebecca Channell placed second in improvised duet acting at the South Barber Invitational in Kiowa on Jan. 25
Kreutzer made the finals in another event, finishing sixth along with classmate Bethany Staab in duet acting, while Staab also finished sixth with her humorous solo.
Also making the finals and placing sixth were sophomores John Drees and Jacob Roth in improvised duet acting.
TMP will host a forensics tournament Feb. 22, and Hays High will host one March 8.
More honors for HHS' Walters
The spring semester of Hays High School's Aislinn Walters' senior year began with a bang last month.
After participating in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 4, Walters qualified for state with her alto saxophone a week later. She will join other Hays High state qualifiers in participating in honor bands at the Kansas Music Educators Association annual workshop in Wichita later this month.
Walters will be recognized at the KMEA event for winning a $1,000 scholarship awarded to one select band member at the All-American Bowl.
One of the qualifications for being eligible for the scholarship was to plan to major in music in college.
Walters was one of more than 20 applicants whose essays were reviewed by a panel from across the country.
Walters plans to earn a bachelor's degree in music education from Fort Hays State University, then choose from among four colleges to work toward her master's in music performance.