RANDOLPH, NJ - Continuing with its recent success, Randolph Middle School forensics had another great tournament at the annual 2014 RMS Classic this past Friday.
Led by coaches Vincenzina Mlenak and Aaron Bennett, the team of 30 students closed out the top six places in Prose Interpretation, and placed three students in Declamation and two in Improvisational Acting.
Out of over 50 entries in Prose (an event in which the students vocally interpret a selection from a novel or short story), many Randolph students saw elimination rounds. Randolph students Brett Ludwig and Lara Heinlein semi-finaled in the category, placing in the top 18. Julia Yan took sixth place, Keyonna Murray took fifth, Caitlyn Dempsey took fourth, Chris Maximos took third, and Samantha Tassillo took second. Bryn Bennett was the winner of the event, taking the RMS Classic in Prose for the third year in a row.
"It's always been a fun tournament to be a part of," said Bennett, an eighth-grade team veteran. "This year was especially exciting to compete against so many talented kids, and it's really an honor to be involved in this great activity."
Bennett also won Declamation, an event in which a competitor interprets and recites a previously-given speech. Eighth graders Emily Marovitz (4th) and Nikhil Naik (5th) also placed in this category.
From over twenty-five entries in Improvisational Acting emerged two finalists from Randolph: Christopher Maximos placed second and Brett Ludwig placed sixth.
The tournament was the largest ever held at Randolph Middle School, with five schools represented and eighty-four entries total. To ensure fairness of competition, high school students from all over the state were brought in to judge the tournament. All judges were veteran competitors in high school forensics, including state champions, nationals qualifiers and team captains. After the tournament, many were impressed not only with the depth of Randolph's talent, but also their sportsmanship.
"I am very, very proud of this team," said coach Aaron Bennett, a student and active forensics competitor at Randolph High School. "Not only did they perform at the highest level of excellence, but they matched that with grace and maturity. Randolph Forensics prides itself on success and poise, and the middle school team lived up that reputation at this tournament."
On May 30, the team will travel to Long Valley Middle School for the final tournament of the season.