Stephanie Vickroy and Drake Langshaw of McPherson High School participated in the 2017 Kansas State Fair Forensics Showcase Sept. 14. Living up to its claim of being "Kansas' Largest Classroom," this was the second annual Forensics Showcase, presented by Sterling College, which was designed to recognize finalists from last year's State Forensics Championship Tournaments.

The event was held in the Hansen Auditorium on the fairgrounds, and was hosted and organized by Sterling College Debate and Forensics.

Vickroy and Langshaw took fourth place in Duet Acting in the 4A division at State Forensics last year. A total of 19 State Forensics finalists participated in the State Fair Showcase. Participants came from across the state and from 1A through 6A schools, with approximately 500 audience members in attendance

"We were thrilled to have such a good response from the many schools who participated as well as those in the audience," commented Sterling College Forensics Coach Ken Troyer.

Forensics is competitive speaking events from informative speeches and orations to duet and solo acting. Besides the high school state pieces, audience members learned about collegiate forensics program differences and scholarship opportunities.

The Sterling College Forensics Team presented the State Fair Showcase. Sterling's forensics team is one of only three in the state to qualify and compete in the American Forensics Association National Tournament in each of the last 10 years. The Sterling College Debate team has place in the national top-25 for the past eight years.