OH MY GOSH!!
Y’all I love my team but school has been kicking my butt. Like the struggle has been real. This season has been great and being that it is my last year I wanted to make sure I was able to got to as my tournaments as possible. Being that I won’t be able to do this again as a competitor a break is much needed at this point.
So, this tournament we are at this weekend is Norton! It’s basically like the fall version of Nationals and it super competitive. The good news is because I made efforts to talk to people I didn’t know last year, I know waaaayyyy mmoooree people this weekend. I mean teams come from all over the place so, this one is a pretty big deal. Note: I also haven’t had a performance yet at this weekend mine is the last one of tonight and tomorrow morning so, I ‘m sitting twiddling my thumbs and drinking caffeine. 3 cups to be exact and that is not a good thing. It’s actually put me more on edge. Pro-tip…….NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. So, socialize, drink caffeine and stay awake so far so good but, I need a nap.
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All in all it was a good weekend. We ate at Macs and it wasn’t bad even through the Doctor says I have the Lactose. Face masks are always a must simply because, it’s like my mini vacation. Plus it helps me de-stress from the week or at least my face. So, I also do one of those for at least one of the days. During the tournament I try not to be on my phone just because I try to make a new friend or at least compliment. I was introduced to this lovely girl named Alyssa. I watched her in her duo round ans then she happened to be in my dramatic interpretation round and it was great to get introduced to her. I explained her the whole media pitch and she loved it. Second tournament in the bag!
So, thanks for baring with me this last few weeks have been crazy. We went to Mankato, Minnesota. Talk about having a long time to travel. The trip took us five hours to get there and back. The good thing is we all like one another on the team and I tell you that really makes the difference. Sometimes, when teammates spend a lot of time together they can get kind of crabby. And, through the whole entire trip we’ve slept, ate, cried in the cold and went shopping! (Not something we usually do but…) Last year we had a girls trip and the travel was fine but we did not do well as competitors. This time we took 3rd overall as a team. Here is the recap from our head coach Jim Disrude:
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Forensics team took third-place out of twenty teams at the Vocal Viking, Oct. 27th-28th in Mankato, Minnesota. The team earned eight individual awards as part of the team’s highest ever finish at the Bethany Lutheran tournament. It was also the largest field in the history of the Vocal Viking tournament.
Seniors Beekah Madia and Le Racha Simon each won two awards. Madia took 3rd-place in Prose and 6th-place in Program of Oral Interp. Simon was the tournament runner-up in Dramatic Interp and also 5th-place in Poetry. Complete results are listed below.
Next up, the team travels to the Norton Tournament next weekend at Bradley University. Then the following weekend, the team will split efforts sending separate squads to UW-Madison and San Diego.
- Drama: Le Racha Simon 2nd, Izzy Senglaub 5th
- POI: Beekah Madia 6th
- Informative: Alexis Zello 5th
- Comm Analysis: Starr Lee 5th
- Poetry: Emily Leong 3rd, Le Racha Simon 5th
- Prose: Beekah Madia 3rd
- Team: 3rd
All is all it was a good trip and we did really well! More to come soon!
So, were a week out from competition and normally I would say I’m super prepared but… the truth of the matter is the struggle is real. Forensics is an activity that I love so much and as it goes hand and hand with school work it’s like a balancing act. We start in a WEEK and i’m already tired. In the mist of trying to prepare I have to stay focused on school work while trying to take care of my body. Do you think I’m doing that okay, yea no, that’s going to be a hard pass.Things to keep in mind pre-season:
- drink water
- get tons of sleep
- don’t loose you’re mind
- try not to set anyone on fire
In the mean mean time I’ll continue to #slay my life and keep it together.
Through this blog we will be exploring the ins and outs of Forensics competitive speaking. Don’t know what it is? Perfect, as I go through the season I will be highlighting very important and interesting journeys throughout the year!