ALAMOSA — The Alamosa High School Forensics team attended the Colorado State Festival Tournament at the end of January and came home with plenty of awards to show for it, including a State Champion.
Led by seniors and Team Captains Jackson Mumper and Hunter Daboll, the 17-member team celebrated having 22 members in Semi-finals and 13 in Finals. “I’m especially proud that our team covers such a wide range of events,” said Head Coach Kristine Taylor. “We have kids that are competing at a high level across the board, in acting, public speaking, and debate. It’s a tribute to the hard work put in by our students.”
With top-three finishes in duet acting and dramatic interpretation, Mumper, Daboll and Senior Marshal Hollingsworth have qualified to attend the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Denver this May. Taylor says, “I am excited to see these students have the opportunity to compete and represent Alamosa on a national level. They are continuing to work and polish their performances, and I have no doubt that they will do very well. It’s a great way to cap off their high school forensics experience.”
The team began practices in September with Taylor and Assistant Coach Destiny Comstock, with competitions beginning in October and running through January.
Awards for the State Tournament included; Lisa Mix, 12th, Hailey B. Dennis, 7th and Marshal Hollingsworth, 2nd in Contrasting Monologues; Jackson Mumper, 7th and Hunter Daboll, 6th in Impromptu Speaking; Kathy Hopkins, 10th, Jakson Daly McDaniel, 9th, and Nicole Miller, 4th in Humor Interp; Jakson McDaniel, 12th, Creative Storytelling; Clayton Longfellow, 5th, Value Debate; Lisa Marie Mix, 10th, Danielle Alexis, 5th, Hailey Dennis, 4th and Marshal Hollingsworth, 3rd in Dramatic Interp; Clayton Longfellow, 5th in Original Oratory; Morgan Hollingsworth, 4th, Poetry Interp; Austin Anderson/Kathy Kathe Hopkins, 9th, Jasmine Cody/Danielle Daboll, 5th, and Hunter Daboll/Jackson Mumper, STATE CHAMPIONS in Humorous Duet Acting.
Caption: The Alamosa High School Forensics team earned many awards at the Colorado State Festival Tournament including a State Champion./Courtesy photo