By Sam Reinert
Almost everyone has heard of DDF, Drama, Debate, and Forensics, but not many people know that it is becoming one of Homer High School’s most successful extracurricular programs. This year alone, DDF has traveled to Anchorage twice, and placed first both times this year. In their first meet, the team won by a landslide, and in their most recent meet, they beat South by 1 point-a culminating score of all the individual events- to claim the overall title. The team placed first in drama, second in debate, and first in forensics, and 18 out of the 19 participants placed.
According to the coach, Ms. Christianson, the program is consistently growing in both size and dedication, and always improving. “We restructured practices, so there is more critiquing going on from coaches and other students.” Ms. Christianson said. “This means more feedback from the rest of the team, and more opportunities to improve pieces before the meets.”
Whatever has changed, it’s working so far. This is the first year the DDF team has placed first in several years, let alone twice in a row. Almost all DDF meets are held in Anchorage because of its central location, but the group pulled through with a win despite the trip. This season promises an even stronger team in the future if the team can keep up this rate of growth and improvement.