Earning over twice as many points as the second-place team, The Troupe won its seventh straight 4A state championship.


 


The Lone Grove drama and debate team entered 37 events at state, placed in 28 events and earned 79 points. Keys High School placed second with 39 points.


 


“We went into the state tournament knowing that it was our state championship to lose, not win,” coach Brian Gunter said. “Even though you never know if you will win or not, there are times when you realize the likelihood is that odds are stacked in your favor.”


Earning over twice as many points as the second-place team, The Troupe won its seventh straight 4A state championship.

 

The Lone Grove drama and debate team entered 37 events at state, placed in 28 events and earned 79 points. Keys High School placed second with 39 points.

 

“We went into the state tournament knowing that it was our state championship to lose, not win,” coach Brian Gunter said. “Even though you never know if you will win or not, there are times when you realize the likelihood is that odds are stacked in your favor.”

 

The 2010 Troupe definitely began in a better position than last year’s state tournament.

 

“Last year we had 11 people in 17 events. We so few people last year, but this year, we dominated,” Wyatt Freeman said.

 

However, the competition, which took place at the University of Oklahoma April 16-17, was not without its challenges.

 

“Rounds were really far apart, and it was raining. We were lucky our suits are water resistant,” Hattie Clark said.

 

Clark performed a dramatic interpretation piece about accepting the difference in people titled “Inside Out, Upside Down,” which she wanted to do after seeing a former teammate win state and nationals performing it.

 

“I had to prepare myself for blind, deaf, palsy and normal characters. I had to watch national finals rounds from years past and get an ASL (American sign language) book for my deaf character,” Clark said. “After all of that, I felt really accomplished to make it to the finals round.”

 

Others faced trouble within their rounds. For example, one of the cross-examination debate teams lost in the first round of finals to a Kingfisher team.

 

The cross-examination debate topic for this year is about  the federal government increase in social services.

 

“We weren’t exactly ready for the case they were running. It was just something I hadn’t really seen before about immigration and Medicaid,” Kevin Anastasio said.

 

Both seniors and underclassman were excited to win the state championship again.

 

“It’s bittersweet for the seniors because we won, but we are going to leave,” Alex Taliaferro said

 

For underclassman, it’s not just winning the championship, but being a part of who goes to state to do it. A tradition for the Lone Grove team is to have all state qualifiers sign a special plaque.

 

“Last year I didn’t get to be on it, and this year my goal was to be on it and to be a part of winning the state championship,” sophomore Kelsea Albright said. “Next year, I want to make it in all of my events because I didn’t make it in humorous duet this year.”

 

Another tradition of The Troupe is taking and kissing their stuffed longhorn mascot Lucky. A senior is selected each year to care for Lucky, with the honor now passing to soon-to-be senior Anastasio.

 

“It’s a great honor. If you are the keeper of Lucky, you have to make sure he is safe and make sure everyone gets to share him during the tournament and get the luck,” Anastasio said.

 

In honor of Lucky, the 2010 Troupe has dubbed itself Lucky’s Seventh.

 

The next challenge for the team will be their annual desert theater. This year’s event will be catered by Cafe Alley, and tickets will cost $12. Team members will perform the pieces they took state.

 

“It’s like being at state but with pie,” Trey Taylor said.

 

Proceeds will be used to buy state championship rings and to send qualifying members to the National

 

Forensic League national tournament and to speech and debate camps this summer.

 

State Tournament Results
Prose
Harley Harmon — third
Hattie Clark — state finalist
Wyatt Freeman — state finalist

Poetry
Ashley Harris — second place
Jacob Reynolds — state qualifier
Lane Miller — state qualifier

Standard oratory
Harley Harmon — first place
Michayla Hubbard — third place
Jennifer Ackman — state finalist

Original oratory
Kelsea Albright — third place
Megan Ford — fourth place

Humourous interpretation
Trey Taylor — state finalist

Dramatic interpretation
Amber Grover — third place
Hattie Clark — state finalist
Aaron Auld — state qualifier

Dramatic duet
Hattie Clark and Chase Mapp — fourth place
Aaron Auld and Megan Ford — third place
Jennifer Ackman and Michayla Hubbard — state qualifiers

Humorous duet
Amber Grover and Alex Taliaferro — second place
Wyatt Freeman and Trey Taylor — state finalists
Sean Hunt and Harley Harmon — state qualifiers

Monologue
Amber Grover — second place
Aaron Auld — third place
Sean Hunt — state finalist
Chase Mapp — state qualifier

Domestic extemporaneous
Desirae Abernathy — second place
Kevin Anastasio — state finalist
Wyatt Freeman — state finalist
Devon Haith — state qualifier

Foreign extemporaneous
Jacob Reynolds — second place
Amy Steel — state finalist
Ashley Harris — state finalist

Lincoln-Douglas debate
Jacob Reynolds — third place
Desirae Abernathy — state qualifier

Cross-examination debate
Ashley Harris and Kelsea Albright — first place
Kevin Anastasio and Daniel Edwards — state finalists
Jennifer Ackman and Devon Haith — state qualifiers
Kali McCuistion and Amy Steele — state qualifiers