Judge and Timer Ready? Looking Back on The Phoenix Forensics Team’s Success throughout the 2021 Season

By Arya Goel (’22)

A huge congratulations to the IA’s Forensics team for their amazing work this season and getting ready for the Regional and State tournaments! Despite the many bumps in the road throughout the season, the team has managed to persevere and succeed while practicing endlessly and having weekly meetings. Not only have they worked tirelessly this year in the midst of virtual weekend tournaments, but they managed to place very well at the various invitational competitions. Here are the results: 

Punxatourney @ Eastern Michigan University

  • Impromptu – Vivian Yee (1st Place)
  • Impromptu – Teya Purimetla (2nd Place)
  • Sales – Arya Goel (2nd Place)
  • Extemporaneous – Jonah Liss (2nd Place)
  • Oratory 9/10 – Diya Ramesh (3rd Place)
  • Multiple – Akshara Karthik, Alexis John, Daniel Liu, Mira Sripada, Nikhil Kothari (3rd Place)
  • Oratory 9/10 – Om Joshi (4th Place)
  • Impromptu – Aadit Jain (5th Place)
  • Dramatic Interpretation – Rachel Rochford (6th Place)
  • Semifinalists: Priya Shah and Katie Christian

Spartanvitational @ Michigan State University

  • Extemporaneous – Jonah Liss (1st Place)
  • Oratory 9/10 – Diya Ramesh (2nd Place)
  • Impromptu – Aadit Jain (3rd Place)
  • Oratory – Katie Christian (3rd Place)
  • Broadcasting – Priya Shah (4th Place)
  • Multiple – Akshara Karthik, Alexis John, Daniel Liu, Mira Sripada, Nikhil Kothari (4th Place)
  • Sales – Arya Goel (6th Place)
  • Semifinalists: Sanjana Kandiraju and Legacy Henry 

Dexter Delight @ Dexter High School 

  • Impromptu – Vivian Yee (1st Place)
  • Oratory – Katie Christian (2nd Place)
  • Poetry – Micah Anderson (2nd Place)

Ninjatational @ Avondale High School

  • Impromptu – Teya Purimetla (1st Place)
  • Oratory – Katie Christian (2nd Place)
  • Oratory 9/10 – Diya Ramesh (2nd Place)
  • Oratory 9/10 – Sonia Hussain (3rd Place)
  • Poetry – Micah Anderson (4th Place)
  • Impromptu – Aadit Jain (4th Place)
  • Sales – Arya Goel (5th Place)
  • Semifinalists: Priya Shah, Ashley Lee, and Rayna Mahadevan

Walled Lake Western Invitational @ Walled Lake Western High School 

  • Impromptu – Teya Purimetla (1st Place)
  • Oratory – Katie Christian (2nd Place)
  • Broadcasting – Priya Shah (4th Place)
  • Semifinalists: Sanjana Kandiraju, Trisha Cheong, Diya Ramesh, Micah Anderson, and Grace MacLaren

Overall, IA placed in their division at all of the tournaments! A huge congratulations to everyone on the Forensics team, and good luck at Regionals and States!

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