BVN Takes Second at KSHAA Speech and Drama Championships

Last weekend, the BVN forensics team participated at the annual KSHAA Speech and Drama State Championships at Olathe Northwest HS. The team placed  as the 2nd Place State Sweepstakes winners which designates them as the Runner Up-State Champions.

“BVN continued in its excellence by demonstrating that its competitive drive will not retire with our graduating seniors,” senior Clayton Covington said. “We have three juniors as individual state champions, so we know the legacy will continue.”

Congratulations to assistant coaches: Kelly Thompson, Katie Karel, Kathleen Warfel as well as head coach, Mr. Max Brown. Below are the students who received individual placings.

State Champions–1st Places
Vijay Ramasamy—Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Raymond Forstater/Ryan Dickey-Duo Interpretation
Reena Burt-Original Oration

Finalists
Sarah Zuspan-5th Place-Humorous Interpretation
Maddie Easley/Lexi Pudvan-2nd Place Duet Acting
Alli Franken and Nicole Miller-3rd Place- Duet Acting
Clayton Covington-2nd Place-Original Oration
Matthew Seck/Bennett Johnson-5th Place-Duo Interpretation

Semi Finalists
Jacob Flekier/Abby Flekier-Duet Acting
Michael Austin/Elie LaVille-Duo Interpretation
Raymond Forstater/Ryan Dickey-Duet Acting
Katy Hull/Hailey Solowy-Duo Interpretation

Members of the State Championship Team-helping win Sweepstakes Trophy
Samantha Mills-Dramatic Interpretation
Corey Minkhof-Dramatic Interpretation
Bennett Johnson-Humorous Interpretation
Kiki Manning-Humorous Interpretation

Blue Valley North also participates in the 6A State Festival. This competition is open to all students and is a stepping stone to the state tournament. The winners are below!
First Place Winners
Will Avery-Informative Speaking
Will Avery-Original Oration
Jacqueline Kaplan/Austin Pierron-Duo Interpretation
Andrea Azeltine/Rhyann Gray-Duet Acting
Kusal Kularatne-Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Kusal Kularatne-Prose Interpretation
Paige Fromm/Ashley Ruckman-Duo Interpretation
Olivia Glasner/Amara Webb-Duet Acting
Ashley Ruckman-Humorous Interpretation
Jonah Allen/Julia Lytle-Duet Acting
Max Petersen-Humorous Interpretation
Emma Ariagno-Humorous Interpretation
Sebastian McCarty/Maddie Posz-Duet Acting

Second Place
Kaitlyn Powell/Paris Amory-Duet Acting