Lights. Camera. Action. This is what first comes to mind when one hears the term “acting” or “performance” but we explore a different area of these in Forensics. Last Tuesday was the forensics showcase where students and parents came to see nationally and state qualified performances. In order to qualify to state, a student must place first or second at a tournament.
One of the most successful people on this years squad is Evan Svetlak, who has qualified to nationals and state all four years of high school. She says that she “loves competing and nationals gives [her] another place to compete in the events [she] loves” when describing her experience. Svetlak has also been known across Kansas for her DUO’s with Austin Shively. A DUO is described as an event where you perform a scene or series of scenes with one other person but cannot look at or have any physical contact with them. The video features some of the toughest parts of Svetlak and Shively’s DUO this year. Overall, Svetlak is very sad to leave the Olathe Northwest forensics program but is thankful for the memories and success she has had in her years here.
Other performers who performed at showcase we got the opportunity to interview were Cameron Jones, Kate Fabac, and Avery Amerio. The success these individuals have had over the season is remarkable, and for Fabac and Amerio, is only halfway done. Senior Jones won best presiding officer at the Glenbrooks tournament which is the second most competitive in the nation and is competing at nationals in Florida this summer. Amerio is competing at NIETOC this weekend in her DUO with Abbey Lawler and has had many high finishes throughout the season qualifying her to state. Fabac has also had high finishes throughout the season qualifying her to state, and is competing at nationals this summer with Jones. There were many other individuals who have qualified to the state and national tournaments this season who we did not get the chance to interview as well. We wish all of the forensics squad good luck as they finish their season.
As the season winds down to an end, the team still has two tournaments left. This weekend they will compete in NIETOC at Denver West High School and in June they will compete in Florida for Nationals. The competitors for these tournaments include: Abbey Lawler, Avery Amerio, Evan Svetlak, Austin Shively, Cameron Jones, Collin Thompson, Chloe Chaffin, and Kate Fabac. We wish all of these competitors good luck as they compete in these national tournaments!