The Clintonville High School Forensics team recently capped off a successful season by having 10 students represent the community at the WHSFA State Forensics Tournament in Madison on April 17.
Forensics is an extracurricular activity designed to promote and build communication skills through a variety of public speaking and performing categories. Potential categories range from performance or recitation of literature in prose, poetry, and play acting, to delivering a speech intended to persuade the audience’s opinion on a given topic. Two categories, radio and extemporaneous speaking, require that participants use resources given only a half hour before the meet to form an effective speech.
In order to participate at the state level, students must receive high scores from judges at both the sub-district and district levels. Of the 10 students in nine entries, all received either a gold, silver, or bronze medal.
Darin Carrigg, participating in radio speaking, and Katie Edwards and Allyson Young performing in the play acting category, received gold medals. This is a difficult task at the state level given that students must have a perfect score from the judges.
Students earning silver medals included Meadow Spoehr, Amanda Vause, Claire Crocker, Ashley McRann, and Lacey Jung.
Students earning bronze medals included Emily Graper, Kylie Engelhardt, and Teressa Friedrich. Clintonville coaches were Nick Brock and Gary Putnam.