Senior Conner Thrash finished in second place in Extemporaneous Speaking at the Kansas State High Schools Activities Association Class 4A State Championship Forensics Tournament on Saturday. The tournament was held virtually this year. Thrash finishes his forensics carrier having qualified to the state tournament all four years. His freshman year he qualified in Original Oration, placing fourth in 4A. His sophomore year he qualified in Original Oration, placing eighth, and in Duet Acting with partner Astoria Kindel, placing eleventh in class 321A. His junior year he qualified to compete at the 4A state championship in Impromptu Speaking, Original Oration, and Duet acting with partner Astoria Kindel. Unfortunately, due to COVID, there was no state championship that year. This year, besides competing in Extemporaneous Speaking, Thrash also competed at state in Impromptu Speaking. As a sophomore Thrash also competed at the National Catholic Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament in Duo Interpretation with partner Astoria Kindel in 2019.
Also competing for Concordia at this year’s state championship tournament was junior Samantha Jeardoe. Jeardoe also competed in Impromptu Speaking.
Up next for the forensics squad is the National Catholic Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament over Memorial Weekend. The tournament was supposed to be held in Minneapolis, MN this year, but due to COVID, will also be held virtually. Competing at NCFL will be Thrash in Extemporaneous Speaking, and sophomores Justice Alexander and Moyra Barnes in Duo Interpretation.