Keene Central School Forensics Team to compete at state championship

KEENE VALLEY – Three students from Keene Central School received bids to qualify for the New York State Forensics League Championship Tournament, which will be held this weekend at Delaware Academy in Delhi.

KCS senior Peter Craig has been entered in Humorous Interpretation. Craig had also qualified for Extemporaneous Speaking but having qualified at the regional tournament, had to choose which event he would compete in at the state tournament. He chose his monologue which has him playing multiple characters in a sampling from a Christopher Durang farce.

Sophomores Brianna Joannette and Liza Amirault have been entered in Duo Interpretation.

Coaches Rosamond Lincoln-Day and Kathleen Recchia were proud that these three earned bids to represent the school at this competitive event.

“It’s a great experience for our students to go to these statewide events and see what programs all over the state are producing, especially the programs in more populated regions,” Recchia said. “It helps them prepare for competitive college experiences and broadens their social sphere. Many students meet at these events and keep in touch on Facebook or other social media.”

“We’re very proud of our students and how hard they worked to get to the State Tournament level,” Co-coach Rosamond Lincoln-Day said.

Other members of the team have been invited to travel down and observe the competition. Junior Evella Plumley-Dalai and modified teammates Brian DeWalt and Sarah Woltner are welcome to watch, take notes, and maybe find a piece that will suit them for next Forensics season at KCS.

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.