A team from Lansing High School has won the state championship for forensics.

A team from Lansing High School has won the state championship for forensics.

A Lansing speech and debate team walked away with the Class 5A forensics title, and Lansing students also won state championships in five individual events, according to Carolyn Cook, a coach for the team.

The state tournament took place Friday and Saturday at Valley Center.

Cook described forensics as a program in which students compete in events involving public speaking, interpretation and acting, and debate.

She said students competed in individual competitions at the state tournament, earning points that count toward the team championship.

In individual events, sophomore Will Snodgrass won a state championship in a humorous interpretation event. Seniors Brynna Darley and Jake Merino also won a state championship in duo interpretation event.

Merino won another state championship with another partner, sophomore Megan Darley, in a duet acting event.

Junior Salem Clemens won a state championship in a debate event. Sophomore Alyssa Wiegers won a state championship in an informative speaking event.

Another Lansing High School student, senior Jerry Wong, finished in second place in an informative speaking event.

A group of Lansing students also performed a one-act play in Wichita as part of state festival that took place at the same time as the state forensic championships.

The group performed the play, "The Wrestling Season," and earned a 1 ranking, which is the highest ranking, according to Cook.

"And that is the first time our school has competed in that, so that was exciting for them to get a 1," Cook said.

Cook said 12 students from Lansing High School have qualified to compete in a national forensics competition.

"We have an unusually large number of students representing us at nationals this year," she said.

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