Keene Central School Forensics Team competitive at State Championship in Mineola

KEENE VALLEY – Three students from Keene Central School received bids to qualify for the 2013 New York State Forensics League Championship Tournament which was held last weekend in Mineola.

KCS Seniors Sam Balzac and Casssandra Day were entered in Duo Interpretation. Sam was also entered in Humorous Interpretation along with Senior Jonah Wu from Taiwan who is one of KCS’s International Students who has only been studying in the U.S. since September. Coaches Rosamond Lincoln-Day, Kathleen Recchia, and Fred Balzac were proud that these three earned bids to represent the school at this competitive event.

“It’s thrilling to bring the kids downstate to have them see the kind of work that the students in the metropolitan area are doing and it’s exciting to know that our North Country kids can hold their own with these students,” said coach Kathleen Recchia.

“We’re proud of our students and how hard they worked to get here,” added Rosamond Lincoln-Day.

The students competed against some 50 plus schools and did very well in their categories with Sam Balzac breaking into Semi-Finals in Humorous Interpretation and missing the Final Round by one cut.

Other members of the team were invited to travel down and observe the competition. Junior Peter Craig and Freshman Liza Amirault made the trip and took note of the skills that they’ll need to sharpen to be competitive next year.

Forensics is the art of speech and debate. It is not only useful to students who wish to pursue dramatic arts but it also prepares students for public and persuasive speaking of any kind. It can help one in sales, marketing, meeting rooms and is especially useful preparation for anyone who chooses to pursue the law. Keene Central is one of the few schools in the Adirondacks that offers it as a competitive club.

For more information on the Forensics Team at Keene Central School, contact Kathleen Recchia at 518-946-8323.