SUNBURY — The Danville Area School District is celebrating after winning a forensics tournament on Saturday that attracted more than 300 students from 28 schools across Pennsylvania.
Danville forensics head coach Greg Titman said he was thrilled for the district and the students.
“This was a great day for our kids,” he said. “They all put in a lot of hard work.”
Danville won first overall in novice and varsity and combined scores in both divisions. A total of 30 Danville students competed at the event hosted by the Shikellamy School District.
“We are very appreciative of the Shikellamy coaching staff and facility of Shikellamy for so much time and effort they all put in to make these a success and making yesterday possible,” Titman said.
Danville Area High School junior Paige Kupas, 17, said she was happy for her school.
“This feels so great because we worked so hard at practice,” she said. “This shows it paid off with the win, and I can’t wait to compete again.”
Shikellamy High School finished second in novice sweepstakes and third in varsity sweepstakes. Head coach Ellen Boyer said she was proud of her students.
“We are so happy of our finish and we are proud of our kids,” she said. “It was a great day and great event. We were happy and honored to host this.”
Shikellamy freshmen Caleb Wertz and George Shearer finished first in novice and Wertz said he was happy to be part of the event.
“I love acting in the school musicals and plays,” Wertz said. “But there is nothing like the thrill of competing in forensics.”
Shikellamy High School junior Anna Wiest, 16, who finished first in varsity original oratory, said she was happy to finish first and was appreciative of the judges’ critiques.
“Competing in forensics has helped me to improve my public speaking skills immensely,” Wiest said. “Original oratory gives me the opportunity to share both my writing and speaking skills and to express my opinion on subjects important to me. I’m honored to have won.”
Seniors Camden Hare and Peyton Moylan placed first in duet acting and Hare said he enjoyed the competition.
“Taking part in this tournament reminds me of the joy and fun I have when I delve myself into pieces,” Hare said.