Jen Brown

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Forensics: Big Team Big Fun

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016

The Cadillac High School Forensic Team is preparing for another fantastic season.  This year the team is at our largest in 6 years.  We have 31 students competing in 11 different events.  Our team has 9-12th grade students, first time competitors and seasoned veterans.  The team is coached by Kris Darrow and taught as a second trimester elective class at CHS.
For those who might not be familiar with forensic speaking, it is a co-curricular activity that provides students an opportunity to explore their passions for public speaking or dramatic performance.  Team members choose from 7 public speaking events and 7 interpretation events.  Some of the most popular events on the team this year are informative speaking, poetry interpretation, and prose interpretation.  Students prepare their pieces and compete at invitational tournaments on Saturdays.  The team’s first invitational will be February 13th at Birch Run High School.  Our regional tournament will be in Cadillac this year on Tuesday, March 22nd. A strong performance at the regional tournament earns individual competitors a ticket to the state tournament at Central Michigan University in April.
Competing on the Cadillac Forensic Team gives students some unique opportunities.  By selecting their individual categories, writing their pieces, or choosing their performance literature, students get to work through common inhibitions about speaking in public and gain confidence in being in front of an audience.  They meet and watch students from diverse backgrounds and gain exposure to a wider world beyond the walls of CHS.
When asked what she likes about participating in forensic activities, four-year competitor Josie Goodman said, “I have gained great exposure for public speaking and many friends!”  Here’s to another great season!  If you are a past forensic competitor and would like to be a judge for our team, please contact Coach Darrow.