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By Jack H. Smith
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Wolves finish 2nd

Three Forks High School state runner-up in speech, drama


January 30, 2019

Three Forks High School finished second place in state in both speech in drama. Courtesy photo

It was an amazing weekend at the Class B/C State Tournament for the Three Forks High School speech and drama team.

The host Wolves finished second place as a team in both speech and drama and had three state champions.

John Jennings won the state championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Kilah Pfadt and Dean Bucholz won the title in Policy Debate.

Head coach Greg Overman said the goal is always to place in the top three in both speech and drama.

"By placing 12 students in the top 8 of their individual events, 20 students in semi-finals, and qualifying 27 for the tournament as a whole, we accomplished that goal. This is the 2nd year in a row that we've accomplished that goal, and last year we placed 3rd in both Speech & Drama, so this is even a step forward for us. It is truly important to me that we do both, that we aren't just successful in Speech or Drama, that we do both and that we do both well. This provides a wide variety of students the ability to succeed, and that requires a lot of numbers, a lot of coaching, and a lot of personality types. We got the job done this year on that front, which is something that we are extremely proud of," he said.

During his tenure with the team, Overman has had six individual state champions, with this the first years he's had a champion in debate.

"John has been working toward that goal for 4 years, Kilah has been working toward that goal for 4 years, and Dean has been working toward that goal for 3 years. For that time, work, and dedication to pay off for those kids, is truly special. Debate is quite the gauntlet at the state tournament, and for them to make it through says a lot about their individual toughness. It is also unusual for one team to win both Policy & LD, and that is something special. In short, the expressions on John, Kilah, and Dean's faces at the award's ceremony said everything," Overman said.

Also placing for Three Forks were Ally Kamps as the runner-up in impromptu, Lilly Lindquist is the runner-up in Humorous Oral Interpretation, Macey Combs/Riley Blaker as the runners-up in Hum Duo. Bailey Partain placed 3rd in Impromptu, Lexi Welch placed 7th in Extemporaneous, Quinn Boehm/Ravyn Lewis placed 3rd in Dramatic Duo, Hannah Rumelhart placed 3rd in Pantomime, and Michael Boyd placed 4th in Humorous Solo.

"Placing at the state tournament is a huge accomplishment, and each one of those kids should be extremely proud of that achievement. Bailey's heart, Lilly's toughness, Michael's positive attitude, Hannah's artistry, Quinn/Ravyn's intensity, Macey/Riley's teamwork, Lexi's intensity, and Ally's strength of conviction all stood the test of the tournament. We are proud of each and every one of them," Overman said.

While pleased with the success of his team, Overman said it was difficult hosting the tournament because he was so invested in making the tournament happen, and not being able to coach the way that he does every other tournament.

"It felt like I was being pulled away from my kids. And, then, while I'm running around making everything happen, I watched Molly Collins, a sophomore, and Sawyer White, a senior, round up all kids, make sure they have their codes, timers, and room locations, telling them to meet for team meetings, asking me what I needed, and thinking of all the little things that I was forgetting. Those two demonstrated leadership that I wasn't anticipating, and they truly helped other students succeed," he said.

Overman also credited all the local help they received.

"And, ultimately, for this town and this school to host a state tournament says a lot about the people in this town. The amount of time, donations, effort, and kindness that was granted is beyond my ability to quantify. There were over 160 people who volunteered time to judge, over 250 people who volunteered help/time in any fashion, over 400 students participating, and over 50 schools attending," he said. "But the more significant quantification were the number of people that came up to me saying how great the meet was, how well it was ran, and how cool it was to watch young people succeeding, and none of that could have happened without the volunteers, and the kindness of this community. Yet, there's one more number that I can't quantify, the number of young people who were bettered by this experience, and that couldn't have happened without the members of this community. It was truly, truly a fantastic weekend."


Reader Comments

FranCombs writes:

I'm a proud grandma. Watching those amazing kids' enthusiasm and courage brings me joy. It isn't easy to put yourself out there like that. Congrats and thank you to Mr. Overman for the many ways he enriches the lives of so many kids. He is a true hero.cowboy


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