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About Forensics

Forensics is an extracurricular activity available to any student in grades 6-8 with the goal of developing communication skills and self-confidence through opportunities for participation and success in public speaking.

Forensics participants prepare an oral presentation with the help of a Forensics coach. At Forensics meets they perform with other students who have prepared for the same category. The students are evaluated by trained judges according to a set of criteria for each category. At the end of a meet, participants will have earned either participation ribbons or trophies. Critique sheets are given to each student on the Monday following the meet. The information is used to help prepare and improve for the next meet.

Practice times are arranged with each student's coach for November and December.  The practices can be before or after school and should only take 15 minutes per practice.  In November and December, we are only requiring one practice per week.  Group practices will start in January on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 until 4:15.  If students cannot make those times they can set up an individual practice with either Ms. Owen or Mr. Anderson.  

The meet schedule will be provided at the beginning of the season.  There are usually about 6 meets that we attend including state.  The meets are held after school or on Saturdays.