Forensic Team Continuing Strong Speaking Tradition
Story by: Gemma Sutkiewicz
The South High Forensics team is ready for another successful season this year.
Members of the team, who compete against other students from all around the state in 16 areas of public speaking, are busy practicing and perfecting their craft.
This year the team consists of about 40 students from all four grades under the direction of their teacher Ben Kroll and South forensics alumni Malyssa Gabrielson.
Forensics involves competitive speech, debate and acting. South’s team has students who compete in a variety of events ranging from creative categories such as Demonstration and Play Acting to more serious selections like Public Address and Oratory.
Team members participate in groups as well as individually. Although students compete in different events, all team members practice over and over.
Sophomore member, Matthew Matysik, practices after school either by himself, with one of the coaches, or friends. He also practices at home.
Many students choose to do forensics to conquer a fear of public speaking or because it is impressive on a college resume. Most also find it enjoyable. “It is super fun,” exclaims Matysik.
The team competes on Saturdays, usually leaving very early in the morning. Each meet has three rounds and competitors are ranked from 1-5 (1 being the best). The students with the least amount of points advance to the finals, which is called “powering”.
Participants are judged on articulation, clarity and emotion.
Historically, South has done very well in forensics by winning many tournaments. There have been many state finalists as well as national participants.
Every year South hosts its own competition.
This year the South Forensics Invitational will be held on Feb. 22 , 23 and
The South High Forensics Team offers students a chance to demonstrate speaking skills, compete all over the state, and to make lasting friendships.
Matysik states, “My favorite thing about forensics is hanging out with my friends and the super cool coaches.”
If students are interested in perfecting their public speaking ability and want to have a lot of fun doing so, forensics may be the right choice for you.