Gillett HS forensics team qualifies for state

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Gillett High School forensics students going to state are, front row from left, Faith Sorlie, Kaylee Simon, Emily Umentum, Jerika Heroux, Serenity Corona, Ana Grover, Elizabeth Ciancio and Kaylee Huebner; second row, Abby Peterson, Jenna Woelfel, Alex Young, Bailey Pederson, Sydney Young, Kendyl Sturm, Elizabeth Kahler, Jaylen Lauersdorf, Kelsi Olinger and Valerie VandeCorput; back row, Kalea Britton, Sophia Horsens, Sylvia Hansen, Angela Guzman, Brandon Rodgers, Ben Burt, Alex Rodgers, Willow Pecha, Emeile Horsens, Brianna DeBauch, Aubrey DeBauch and Anastasia Lizarraga. Missing is Annie Kohls. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett High School forensics team participated in the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association District Festival at Marinette High School on March 17. The competition consists of two levels, subdistrict and district, where performers must achieve performance standards to advance to a state festival in Madison.

In three rounds of competition, performers must earn two scores of 20 or higher out of 25 possible points to advance. All 31 Gillett performers in 15 entries qualified for the state festival, which will be held April 20-21.

Thirteen students received a perfect score in one of their rounds: Alex Young, Kaylee Simon, Anastasia Lizarraga, Angela Guzman, Ana Grover, Emily Umentum, Brianna DeBauch, Serenity Corona, Aubrey DeBauch, Abby Peterson, Elizabeth Ciancio, Emeile Horsens and Sylvia Hansen.

The team is coached by Tami McQuillan, Stephanie Spang and Don Olderman.