Gate City students place first in state forensics competition

Holly Viers • May 5, 2019 at 9:12 AM

GATE CITY — Students from Scott County are continuing to represent the region well at the state level.

On March 30, Gate City High School students Trevor Meade and Andrew Mathes won first place in the Virginia High School League’s state forensics competition in the “serious duo interpretation” category. The two were recognized by the Board of Supervisors during Wednesday’s meeting.

“We appreciate what you do, and you’re a good representative for the county and Gate City,” BOS Chairman Danny Mann told the students. “So we’re very, very proud of what you’ve done.”

The 104th annual competition was held at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, according to the VHSL Forensics website. Competitors in the serious duo category were judged on a number of factors including organization, eye contact, vocal and physical characterization, energy and impact.

Last year, the BOS began recognizing students who have excelled in academics or athletics. Past honorees include a previous forensics state champion, the Gate City High School boys basketball team and a swimmer from Rye Cove High School.

Other top performers at this year’s state forensics competition include Loren Vermillion, Ollie Hall and Kallie Berry, also from Gate City. Vermillion place third in her category, while Hall and Berry placed fourth.

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