Skagway School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team took home second place in state this year, with a first-place win in the forensics section.
Individual wins included first place in dual interpretation of literature by Danny Brady and Sadie Murphy.
Brady also took second in oration with a piece on improving communication. Murphy won second place for an informative speaking piece on the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. She had family members at the concert where the shooter targeted the crowd, DDF coach Kent Fielding said.
The reader’s theater piece on mass shootings, which involved all five members of the Skagway team, received second place and got a command performance and a standing ovation.
Heading into the state competition, Skagway was an underdog because of the size of its team.
“A full (DDF) team at state is 15 people and we only had five,” Fielding said. In addition, Skagway had no participants in debate, which is the category that can score the most points.
While the season is over, Fielding is scheduling a community performance for some time in April. When details are available on the date, Fielding will post them on the Skagway Swap Facebook group and to The Skagway News calendar.