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Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

SHS Forensics Team Wins 14th VHSL Title

The Salem Forensics team won its 14th straight VHSL State Title this past weekend in Richmond in dominating fashion.

The championship competition was held at Clover Hill High School and Salem defeated E.C. Glass 41-22 in competition that included a total of 21 schools. Salem captured the team championship largely because the Spartans won 7 out of 10 individual titles. Since 2004, this program has produced a staggering 78 individual state champions.

Humor was once again the backbone of the Spartan victory. Reid Burton won his first state championship in Humorous Interpretation, a category SHS has won on the state level for 11 straight years. Salem also dominated Humorous Duo, winning its ninth title in the event, with the state champion duo of Meredith Hicks and Rachel Chaos. Salem Adalynn Eller and Skyler Allen finished a strong third in this category. The "Mingerson Dynasty" is spearheaded by coaches Mark Ingerson and Pam Carter.


State champion Abbie Coleman (12th) Original Oratory

State champion Phoebe Stevens (12th) Serious Dramatic

State champion Reid Burton (12th) Humorous

State champion Alex Perdue (12th) Impromptu Speaking

State champions Meredith Hicks (11th) and Rachel Chaos (11th) Humorous Duo

State champions Emma Crowe (11th) and Riley Evans (10th) Serious Duo

State champion Katherine Vaughan (11th) Prose

Runner-up Graham Roudebush (9th) Storytelling

3rd place Adalynn Eller (12th) and Skyler Allen (12th)

3rd place Charlie Wallace (12th) Extemporaneous Speaking

3rd place Sophia Gibson (10th) Storytelling

4th place Emily Snow (10th) Serious Dramatic

4th place Emily Allen (9th) Humorous


Salem's Manager is Katie Conklin (11th).

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