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From 'Laughter' to Tears: Brookfield East Forensics Captivates Audience

Preparing to travel soon to two national tournaments, East Forensics team members performed their competition pieces Friday night at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

For seniors it was their last chance to shine at home — performing the speeches and acts they will use to compete in two upcoming national tournaments.

The Brookfield East Forensics team put on a 2 1/2-hour show at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Friday night.

Acts ranged from Archit Baskaran's four-minute informative about the benefits of "Laughter," to Kyle Wessel's moving performance of Michael J. Fox's "Lucky Man," to senior Jennifer Vosters' dramatic interpretation of Sunny Jacobs, a woman falsely convicted and left on death row in "The Exonerated."

Team members will travel to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Qualifiers in Baltimore, MD, from May 25 to 28. Some also will travel to the National Forensics League (NFL) National Qualifiers in Indianapolis, IN from June 10 to 16.

Performing at Friday's Forensics Showcase were:

Archit Baskaran: "Laughter" (four-minute informative)
Noah Haselow: "The Social Responsibility of Science" (oratorical declamation)
Hannah Shepherd: "Invisible Heroes" (original oratory)
Brittany Allen: "Prettier Than the Truth" (oral interpretations - poetry)
Gabriella Smurawa: "A Left-Handed Commencement Address" (oratorical declamation)
Kyle Wessel: "Lucky Man" (dramatic performance)
Ankita Verma: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (original oratory)
Jeremy Carrasco: "Ug, the Caveman Musical" (humorous interpretation)
Anisha Verma: "Learning Styles" (oratorical declamation)
Stela Petkova: "Through a Window" (oral interpretation - prose)
Christian Kreznar: "The New American Dream" (original oratory)
Jeremy Carrasco and William Seabrook: "Visiting Mr. Green" (duo interpretation)
Jennifer Vosters: "The Exonerated" (dramatic interpretation)
Steve Browne: "Aim High" (original oratory)
Hannah Giese and Katie Klann: "Wicked Queen" (duo interpretation)

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