Team members pose before heading into the arena: Front left Callia Fielding and Wynter Morgan, second row Charlie Deach, Adalia Deach, Ava Myers, Calvin Miller, Chloe Miller; back row Conner Lawrence, Tatum Sager, Peyton Rodig.

The Skagway Debate, Drama and Forensics team scored three wins in Juneau this month.

Kara Whitehead won for the third straight event in Expository Speaking, while Micah Cook took fourth in the same category.

Steaven McKnight won for his Pantomime and teamed with Cook for a win in Duo Interpretation of literature.

Skagway’s other finalist was Danny Brady, finishing sixth with his Dramatic Interpretation.

Coach Jonathan Baldwin said two new Skagway pieces did well: a new Readers Theatre with Lily Goebel, Kara Whitehead and Micah Cook (filling in for Dainean Teeluk who was sick and could not travel); and a Duet by Goebel and Whitehead.

Unfortunately a Readers Theatre piece by Brady, Cook and McKnight was not performed because it dealt with gun violence. Baldwin said the host staff at Thunder Mountain High School asked that the piece be pulled to “accommodate staff and students who were recovering emotionally from a recent incident.”

Baldwin said he is seeking school board approval for Skagway to host a dual DDF meet with Haines on Feb. 11. State tournament is at the end of February in Anchorage.

Team Prickles from Skagway presents their team project – a porcupine quill removal kit – to the audience at the closing ceremony for the Alaska FLL Robotics competition in Anchorage on Jan. 14. The Skagway team, which won SE tournament in December, finished fifth in the state robotics competition out of 58 teams. Coach Andy Miller said the team did great, and being asked to present at the ceremony was an honor. “For a large team of 10 that span the grades from 4th through 8th, they came together and showed great teamwork!” he said. “The sunglasses that they handed out were a big hit!”