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Pride of the Pine Belt: HHS Forensics Team wins state title

Once they are on this stage the way they communicate is essential. Once they are on this stage the way they communicate is essential.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Rachel Clapper works with teens everyday at Hattiesburg High School.

"I'm the assistant coach of the Hattiesburg High School Forensics Team," said Clapper.

While helping to direct the team, Clapper gets a front row seat when it comes to seeing these teens interact and especially communicate.

"They have to come in here and put away the cell phones, and not say b-t-w, and j-k and all of that," said Clapper.

Once they are on this stage the way they communicate is essential.

"Forensics is speech and debate, but it also has speech aspects where people perform dramatic pieces, or they will give a speech to a group of people, and they will compete at various levels for forensics," said Clapper.

This group has to effectively project ideas or believable characters on to groups of their peers and adults, using not only their voice but body language. According to Clapper, this is something they do well.

"We went up against 17 other schools in the state of Mississippi and we came out on top," said Clapper.

Last weekend during the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Championship the forensics team took the title. They won the sweepstakes awards, and multiple awards in several categories. The president of the team and senior, Aaron Watson, says receiving the championship was bitter sweet since it was his last competition.

"I did duo interpretation, which I finished first. Humorous interpretation, which I finished sixth. Dramatic interpretation, which I finished fifth. Pros interpretation, which I finished fourth, " said Watson.

The best individual award went to Treya Brown.

"I won first place in duo interpretation. First place in dramatic interpretation, and I'm over all state champion," said Brown.

Both Watson and Brown won first place for their portrayal of "The Colored Museum".  

The team can't stop to bask in their success, because they have a play to get ready for.

"We didn't have much time to really just celebrate, because we are moving on to the next activity which is "A Raisin in the Sun" that goes up here at Hattiesburg High School May fourth, fifth and the sixth," said Watson.

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