Salina South competes at 5A State Forensics

Jose Pinedo DeLa Torre waits for his placing to be announced. (far right) (Denalyn Vasquez)

On May 6 and 7, Salina South’s Forensics team took 12 competitors to state. On May 6, junior Lillian Ardis and sophomore Grady Smith competed in the Lincoln Douglas debate, both going 2-2.

On the second day of the competition, 4 out of the 12 competitors broke into semifinals, and with one breaking into finals. Freshman Jose Pinedo DeLa Torre was a finalist in International Extemp. 

“I felt pretty proud of myself for breaking into finals,” Pinedo DeLa Torre said, “I feel happy to have experienced that in my first year and hopefully I do it again.”

When asked what the biggest challenge was, “Probably the biggest challenge was the language barrier that made it hard sometimes to find the right words in the middle of a speech.” Pinedo DeLa Torre said.