NO. R-159.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2003 Woodstock Union High School state championship forensics team.

(H.C.R.99)

Offered by:  Representatives Anderson of Woodstock, Adams of Hartland, Chen of Mendon, Reese of Pomfret and Sweaney of Windsor.

Offered by:  Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County and Senator Welch of Windsor County.

Whereas, interscholastic forensics competition requires a disciplined mastery of the spoken word as presented in impromptu, drama, poetry, and prose formats, and

Whereas, the forensics team member must enunciate with clarity and deliver the oral presentation in a serious or light‑hearted manner as the assigned text and format require, and

Whereas, Woodstock Union High has fielded outstanding forensics teams in recent years, and the students who dedicated their efforts to this worthy art in 2003 continued the school’s tradition of award‑winning performances in each format, and

Whereas, throughout the season, in five of the six forensics tournaments, Woodstock returned home with first‑place team honors, and in one tournament, it earned a respectable second place award, and

Whereas, true to form, at the recent state championship tournament held at the State House, the Woodstock Union High School forensics team was awarded the well‑deserved first‑place award, the school’s fourth in recent years, and

Whereas, a number of team members garnered individual honors, including Carmel Levy - state champion in prose, Kate Miller - finalist in prose, John Bergeron - second in impromptu, Mary Urban - finalist in impromptu, Tess Kahn - finalist in poetry and Sophie Shackleton - second in drama, and

Whereas, Woodstock Union High School’s winning the 2003 forensics team state championship title required the enthusiastic participation of every team member, including Elizabeth Benoit, Mary Urban, Kate Miller, Dana Cushing, Samantha Avant, John Bergeron, Tess Kahn, Sophie Shackleton, Elana Read, Liz Holson, and Carmel Levy, and

Whereas, coach Gordon Ladd provided the guidance, direction, and instruction which enabled the forensics competitors from Woodstock Union High School to be successful both as a team and individually, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2003 Woodstock Union High School state championship forensics team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gordon Ladd at Woodstock Union High School.