Performance group works to adapt to new world

Jacob Dugar, Editor-in-Cheif

COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of people’s lives, and clubs are no exception. One KSHSAA organization that has been hit especially hard, though, is forensics, according to coach Holly Thomsen.

   Normally, those involved in this group would go to a school hosting a meet and perform in front of a panel of judges. These performances can range from speeches, prose, solos, duets, and many others.

   This year, though, all meets that have taken place have been conducted online, and there has been far fewer since not many schools are hosting meets. Ms. Thomsen is also not wanting to host an online meet “because it’s a mess.”

   To compete virtually, members will perform their events in the form of a recording. The video will be submitted, and, if they qualify, they can send in another video or perform over Zoom for finals.

   Usually, the meets are very fun. The members would spend about an hour and a half at most, if they have only one event, performing and preparing.

   After that, they could go meet interesting and fun members from other schools. This includes the student that is usually at every meet who has a ukulele.

   Practicing for forensics is “an individualized thing,” according to Ms. Thomsen. Members can meet with her when they wish to practice their events, but they will often practice on their own in their free time.

   Some specific members that stick out would be junior Deric Cole and senior Glori Hammye, as they qualified for State this year. However, every one of the 12 members helped to get BHS third place in League.

   As for officers, they have not been able to elect one this year because of the chaos that COVID-19 has caused and the fact that it is not a club but rather a KSHSAA activity.

   Forensics is special because, according to Ms. Thomsen, “it’s one of the few ways the kids who like to act can compete with other actors, besides being in the plays.”