Successful forensics team adds to school’s trophy collection
Before 2004, Basehor-Linwood High School had won exactly zero team state championships. In the last four months, they've won two.
High school juniors Jill Grisso and Josh Powell won the Kansas 4A state championship for duet acting in forensics two weeks ago in Topeka. They bested 118 other performers during the three round competition.
Forensics is a performance-driven competition in which contestants use elements of debate, drama and speech.
Grisso and Powell were in second place throughout most of the competition. In the final round, the duo took home first-place for their comedic performance of a scene from "Sylvia," Christine Jeffs' 2003 film about the relationship between poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
In the final round, points earned earlier in the competition do not count, so the Basehor-Linwood team needed but one great performance to win. Powell said he and his partner went for broke and it paid off with the judges.
"We just decided to let it fly," Powell said. "We just decided we're going to have fun with it."
Grisso said she's not satisfied with winning one championship. She and her partner return next year, so there's no reason to believe they can't bring another team championship to the high school.
"I'm sure we're already planning our performances for next year," Grisso said. "We have to defend our title."
Members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board honored both students during their meeting Monday night.
This is the second state championship added to the collection of trophies at the high school in recent months.
In February, the high school scholars bowl team won the 4A championship.