Iola in pursuit of the one

Nic Zimmerman, Staff Writer

Over the weekend, the forensics team traveled to Marmaton Valley and participated in their 2nd meet of the year. They were able to get their second straight team win, making them undefeated to start off the year.

Overall, Iola snatched four total first place finishes out of seven different categories. Karly McGuffin and Emma Weseloh each  placed first with their performances. McGuffin in the Prose category and Weseloh with Poetry. McGuffin did an emotional piece, reenacting a heroic teacher during the infamous Sandy Hook shooting.”I was able to score a one, one, and a three in the preliminary rounds, with one being the best, and six being the worst. With my scores I was lucky enough to move on to the final round, where I performed in front of three judges, and was able to place 1st,” said McGuffin.

Jiejie Burleson and Isaiah Wicoff also managed to place first with their respective performances, Wicoff in the informative category and Burleson with a serious solo act.

Below is a list of all who placed in the meet.


Karly McGuffin – 1st

Emma Weseloh – 4th


Emma Weseloh – 1st

Lexie Vega – 2nd

Karly McGuffin – 4th

Humorous Solo Act:

River Hess – 2nd

Allie Fager – 3rd

Serious Solo Act:

Jiejie Burleson – 1st

Isabella Duke – 2nd

Morgan Jett – 5th


Allie Fager & Lexie Vega – 2nd

Parker Smith & River Hess – 5th


Bobby Lewis – 6th


Isaiah Wicoff – 1st

 Half of the team will be traveling to Baldwin this weekend, and the other half to Fort Scott to compete in another competition, with hopes of continuing their recent successes.