The weekend of March 31- April 1 was a highly successful one. KU pulled out a win over Ohio State to head to the National Championship, the Hunger Games remained the highest-grossing film at theaters, Taylor Swift took home Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs and the Raven Forensics team took home the gold at the tournament they attended.
The Olathe Northwest forensics program is a high caliber one and the team consistently places in the top three teams at tournaments. The Shawnee Mission Northwest, Free State, Shawnee Mission North, and Shawnee Mission West invitationals are just a few of the tournaments where the team has done well this year.
The team took roughly 30 entries to the Bishop Miege tournament and had many people in the top six of their event. Competitors such as Kyle Lorey and Harneet Sanghera were even in the top six of multiple events.
“I was really happy because it was the second time in a row that I broke and it’s so much fun breaking,” said Sanghera, a freshman in her novice year of forensics. “Also it feels good to medal after all the hard work you put in.”
The number of competitors in each event ranged anywhere from around 15 to as big as 30 and Olathe Northwest had at least two entries in every event. Other schools entered in the tournament included Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission North, and Lawrence High.
One unique aspect of this weekend is the fact that Olathe Northwest sent students to multiple tournaments. While many students competed at Bishop Miege High School, another group of competitors of about the same size traveled to Sumner Academy to compete. Those who competed there were also very successful. This just demonstrates how the Raven forensics program is strong enough to win first overall even with the team split between two tournaments.
The team was quite proud of their win and hopes to continue that success throughout the rest of the season.
Said Sanghera, “There was a lot of tough competition and to beat 18 schools and take home the first place trophy was something. Everyone on our squad loves what they do and puts in everything they’ve got to win.”