Nikiski North Start fourth-grader Leora McCaughey performs "Double Feature Teacher" for her encore performance in the library at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27. Leora took first place in the fourth grade humorous poetry category.

Nikiski North Start fourth-grader Leora McCaughey performs "Double Feature Teacher" for her encore performance in the library at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27. Leora took first place in the fourth grade humorous poetry category.

Central peninsula students take forensics competition awards

  • By ANNA FROST
  • Monday, February 29, 2016 10:50pm
  • News

Editors note: This story has been changed to correct the spelling of Carson Koppes’ name.

Tustemena Elementary was jam-packed full of parents and students on Saturday, weaving their way through the halls to get to their assigned classrooms for their dramatic performances of poetry, prose and assorted stories.

Kids impressively recited Longfellow from memory and made the audience laugh with comical stories about an old man who despised the squirrels in his yard, and even recreated Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?”

For those who attended, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition was one of the best shows on the peninsula this weekend. The district-wide competition hosted 4th -6th graders from KPBSD schools who delivered their rehearsed performances with ease and delight.

Central Peninsula students took home 30 awards on Saturday, making them a third of the students who placed. Ninety awards over 27 categories were given out at the competition.

Students performed their pieces over the course of two sessions in front of judges, fellow competitors and supportive parents in classrooms all over the school. Judges then conferred and turned in their scores to be displayed in the gymnasium after the session.

Winners who wished to do an encore performed in the library after the second session.

Of the 30 central peninsula students who placed, eight won first place with their outstanding performances.

Central peninsula results

 

Nikiski North Star
Elementary

5th grade non-humorous poetry, singles: 1st place: Liam Quiner

4th grade humorous poetry, singles: 1st place: Leora McCaughey

4th grade poetry, multiples: 2nd place: Averi Wolf, Wynter Yeager, Giaseena Nicks and Anna Rosa

5th grade non-humorous prose, singles: 2nd place: Dwight Mullins

5th grade story telling: 2nd place: Braeden Porter

5th grade poetry, multiple: 3rd place: Izzy Ley, Jacolyn Hightower and Jasmine Durfee

5th grade interpretive reading, singles: 4th place: Brady Bostic

5th grade humorous poetry, singles: 5th place: Celina Martinez

 

Soldotna Elementary

6th grade poetry, multiple: 1st place: Rhys Cannava, Theoren Nelson andTytus Gilbert

6th grade non-humorous poetry, singles: 2nd place: Briley Morton

6th grade interpretive reading, singles: 2nd place: Faith-Lynn Gattenby

4th grade poetry, multiples: 3rd place: Andrew Pieh and Noelani Fullerton

6th grade interpretive reading, multiple: 4th place: Trent Boots and Nate Johnson

5th grade interpretive reading, singles: 5th place: Kiana Rohr

 

Kalifornsky Beach
Elementary

4th grade interpretive reading, singles: 1st place: Kendal England

4th grade non-humorous poetry, singles: 1st place: Halley Hanson

6th grade humorous poetry, singles: 1st place: Bethany Richmond

5th grade non-humorous prose, singles: 1st place: Eva Sorensen

6th grade humorous prose, singles: 2nd place: Logan Shane

6th grade interpretive reading, multiple: 3rd place: Jolie Widamam and Bella Rodriguez

5th grade interpretive reading, singles: 3rd place: Avrie Medina

6th grade interpretive reading, singles: 3rd place: Guy Peterson

5th grade story telling: 3rd place: Josie Ekle

4th grade humorous poetry, singles: 5th place: Madison Richmond

 

Soldotna Montessori

5th grade interpretive reading, multiple: 1st place: Jayden Millecham and Lirissa Best

4th grade non-humorous prose, singles: 2nd place: Cooper Coller

5th grade humorous poetry, singles: 3rd place: Lucas Ermold

6th grade non-humorous poetry, singles: 3rd place: Ella Czarnezki

 

Kenai Middle School

6th grade poetry, multiple: 2nd place: Hayes Howard and Isaac Erwin

6th grade interpretive reading, singles: 4th place: Carson Koppes

 

Sterling Elementary School

4th grade poetry, multiples: 4th place: Waylon Lansing, Mason Chace

4th grade humorous poetry, single: 4th place: Luca Rigutto

5th grade humorous poetry, single: 2nd place: Sven Hesse

4th grade story telling: 1st place: Aurora Funk

4th grade interpretive reading: 1st place: Christopher Smith, Adelyn McCorsison

4th grade non-humorous poetry, single: 1st place: Jlee Webster

6th grade non-humorous prose, single: 2nd place: Tristin Sipes

5th grade interpretive reading, multiples: 5th place: Taylor Dobson, Jacob Fleming, Luke MacMaster

6th grade interpretive reading, singles: 1st place: Taylor Dobson, Jacob Fleming, Luke MacMaster

4th grade story telling: 4th place: Shane Sunberg

5th grade poetry, multiples: 2nd place: Bridget Cameron, Desiree Bunts, Zoe Cravens

 

Tustumena Elementary

4th grade poetry, multiples: 5th place: Waylon Lansing, Mason Chace

5th grade humorous poetry, single: 6th place: Gwyneth Davis

4th grade humorous prose, single: 3rd place: Nicholas Calhoun

4th grade humorous prose, multiples: 1st place: Cady Cooper, Brianna Faircloth

6th grade humorous prose, multiples: 1st place: Brook Fischer, Josie Sheridan

4th grade non-humorous poetry, single: 3rd place: Adam Harper

6th grade humorous prose, single: 4th place: Kelar Sooter

5th grade non-humorous prose, single: 3rd place: Brook Fischer

1st grade prose, multiples: 1st place: Ivy Daly, Eva Maye Dunn

 

 

Reach Anna Frost at anna.frost@homernews.com

Soldotna Elementary sixth-graders Trent Boots and Nate Johnson perform Abbott and Costello's classic sketch "Who's On First" during the second session of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27. Trent and Nate took fourth place in the sixth grade interpretive reading category.

Soldotna Elementary sixth-graders Trent Boots and Nate Johnson perform Abbott and Costello’s classic sketch “Who’s On First” during the second session of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27. Trent and Nate took fourth place in the sixth grade interpretive reading category.

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