The Salem Forensics team won its 14th straight VHSL State Title this past weekend in Richmond in dominating fashion.
The championship competition was held at Clover Hill High School and Salem defeated E.C. Glass 41-22 in competition that included a total of 21 schools. Salem captured the team championship largely because the Spartans won 7 out of 10 individual titles. Since 2004, this program has produced a staggering 78 individual state champions.
Humor was once again the backbone of the Spartan victory. Reid Burton won his first state championship in Humorous Interpretation, a category SHS has won on the state level for 11 straight years. Salem also dominated Humorous Duo, winning its ninth title in the event, with the state champion duo of Meredith Hicks and Rachel Chaos. Salem Adalynn Eller and Skyler Allen finished a strong third in this category. The "Mingerson Dynasty" is spearheaded by coaches Mark Ingerson and Pam Carter.
State champion Abbie Coleman (12th) Original Oratory
State champion Phoebe Stevens (12th) Serious Dramatic
State champion Reid Burton (12th) Humorous
State champion Alex Perdue (12th) Impromptu Speaking
State champions Meredith Hicks (11th) and Rachel Chaos (11th) Humorous Duo
State champions Emma Crowe (11th) and Riley Evans (10th) Serious Duo
State champion Katherine Vaughan (11th) Prose
Runner-up Graham Roudebush (9th) Storytelling
3rd place Adalynn Eller (12th) and Skyler Allen (12th)
3rd place Charlie Wallace (12th) Extemporaneous Speaking
3rd place Sophia Gibson (10th) Storytelling
4th place Emily Snow (10th) Serious Dramatic
4th place Emily Allen (9th) Humorous
Salem's Manager is Katie Conklin (11th).