Forensics aficionados qualify for national tournament

Brian Weilert

Marisa Perry, senior, and Matthew Parodi, junior, pose for a victory pictures after winning Dramatic Interpretation and placing second in Lincoln-Douglas Debate respectively at the Three Trails National Qualifier Tournament

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This June, for the first time in Louisburg history,  two very talented students will be traveling to the National Forensics League tournament. Marisa Perry, senior, and Matthew Parodi, junior, will be attending the competition June 15 through the 20, at the Overland Park Convention Center. Forensics is a competition where students speak, act,  debate. There are different categories depending on the piece. Students must work incredibly hard to accomplish what Parodi and Perry have.

“ It was one of the most humbling moments of my life,” Perry, said. “I have worked all year to get my name out and be the person to beat.”

Perry has been in the high school musicals all four years. She is also in select choir and had the lead role as Dorothy in this year’s production TheWizard of Oz. She has decided to take a piece about Judy Garland’s life to nationals, Perry’s biggest role model.

“They started to believe that the ceiling was very high for them and they matched that mindset with effort and attitude,” Brian Weilert, forensics coach, said.

Parodi is going to compete in Lincoln-Douglas debate at Nationals. He has competed in debate for three years. He has to work hard to defend what he believes is right and support it with evidence. Right now, he is focusing on the state competition to prepare for Nationals. This is the first year that Louisburg has had Lincoln-Douglas as competition option.

“Lincoln-Douglas is all about ethics and philosophy debate which is right in my field of interest which is Political Science and Theory,” Parodi, said.

These students have been given an amazing opportunity. This years hardwork and dedication has paid off tremendously. Good luck to them both at Nationals.

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