Several Darlington High School (DHS) forensics students traveled to UW-Madison on Friday, April 11 to participate in the state forensics competition and came home as the state runner-up team with 87 out of 100 points.
Darlington’s team results were 17 gold, five silver, and two bronze of the 24 entries. Every DHS senior participant earned a perfect score of 25 and seniors Meghan Vieth and Abbey Carlson earned the distinction of being critic’s choice, which is a perfect gold rating, all four years of high school.
Darlington earned the Excellence in Speech Award for the 20th time since 1990. This is awarded to the top 5% of the schools competing. DHS has won the State Championships each year from 2006-2013, which is the longest streak of earning this award in the state.
The team was coached by Leona Havens, Rayna O’Brien, Connie McIntyre, Kalee Crist, and Carmen Rielly.
A total of 4,548 students participated in the state competition from 351 high schools. Lakeside Lutheran High School took first place this year with the point total of 91 points.