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The End of a Successful Season

Posted by: Theo | February 28, 2012 | No Comment |
By Theo Noomah
My Drama Debate and Forensics career came to a close Saturday night, Febuary 18th, with the end of the 2011-2012 season. Closing ceremonies were held on a makeshift stage in a section of UAA cafeteria infront of hundreds of students representing 24 schools from all over Alaska who had been fortunate enough, brave enough, and talented enough, to participate that season and make it to the State Competition.

Homer made a showing unlike we ever have in any previous year. No one, coaches or competitors, complained when Homer was passed over for the Sportsmanship Award (our only recognition last year) and instead, was awarded third place in both Drama and Forensics sweepstakes for our division. Sweepstakes are DDF tournaments method of ranking schools based on points accumulated by competitors when they participate and place in events. Nearly every one of the 22 students on the team placed sometime during the season, but the five students who placed at the State competition were;

  • Jacob Mayforth, first in Original Oration
  • Herman Hannan and Jacob Mayforth, first in Duet Acting
  • Theo Noomah and Adella Sundmark, second in Pantomime
  • Adella Sundmark third in Original Oration
  • Trevor Waldorf, fifth in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

The 2011-2012 season solidly established Homer as a powerful team, as we dominated the competition since the first meet in October. The KPBSD Region does not have enough DDF teams to warrant meets on the Peninsula, so wemade the trip north six times this year to bring home first place awards even from meets hosted by larger Anchorage schools like Eagle River and South.

Good performances and high rankings like this year’s can be expected in the future too. Coach of the Year, Homer’s own Amy Christianson, has a promising number of very strong underclassmen who will continue competing and improving in future years.

Students interested in participating in DDF, should talk to band and science teacher Amy Christianson, visit http://homerddf.org/ and keep an eye open for registration Fall of 2012.

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