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April 4, 2014

Area forensics students in state competition


They earned first place at the regional tournament held at Colton-Pierrepoint School on March 2.

Traveling to Delhi with the trio are three additional members of the Keene School team: Evella Plumley-Dalai, a junior, and Modified teammates Brian DeWalt and Sarah Woltner, in eighth and seventh grade, respectively.

The students credit their coaches, Recchia and Rosamond Lincoln-Day, for all that they’ve shared, bringing them to this point in state-level forensics.

For her part, Recchia is thrilled to see the group place among state-level teams.

“Forensics used to be a subject taught at Keene Central School during the school day — that made things a lot easier for the students. Now that it is completely out of the classroom and extracurricular, it is a real challenge for the students to pursue it and follow through, with sports, band and other activities competing for their time.

“I am so proud of all six teammates who have hung in there and supported each other through the whole school year and given up their Saturdays to travel as far as Madrid-Waddington and Parishville for regional tournaments,” Recchia said.

“And of course, we’re all very proud of the three who have made it to the state competition. Go Peter, Brianna and Liza!”

The young actors encourage other schools to check into forensics.

The experience adds up; besides being lots of fun, they said, it helps students gain confidence, awareness, experience with theater and public speaking.

And it helps them grow as young adults. 

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