Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas, March 9, 2009 - At the State Championship Forensics tournament in late February, the Sterling College team finished third behind Kansas State University and Bethel College. Six team members advanced to the final rounds of competition by placing in the top six in their individual categories: Jana Miller of Alden; Lauren Rivard and Emily Graham of Hutchinson; Taylor Libby of Ellinwood; Melzora Towne of Sterling, and Jessica Brayton of Lyons. Rivard captured the state championship in Prose in addition to advancing to the finals in three categories: Extemporaneous Speaking, Program of Oral Interpretation and Poetry. Two other team members placed in two events: Miller in Program of Oral Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation; and Libby in Impromptu and Informative Speaking.
Following the state tournament, four SC forensics team members were qualified to compete at the national tournament: Jana Miller in Dramatic Interpretation and Program of Oral Interpretation; Lauren Rivard in Poetry, Extemporaneous Speaking and Persuasive Speaking; Taylor Libby in Informative Speaking and Impromptu Speaking; and JD Smith in Extemporaneous Spea