According to WFCA, the award is presented annually at the State High School Forensics Tournament to active coaches who are supportive of, and work toward improvement of the WFCA; demonstrate enthusiasm toward forensic activities and other related organizations; have a high regard and respect for fellow coaches; promote interscholastic forensic activities through the strength of their programs; and have acquired the respect of students they work with. Coaches are nominated by the head coaches form another school. Then each of the WFCA member schools cast one vote.
Bonni Knight, President of WFCA, presented the award to August, saying “This year’s recipient is very deserving of this honor. And while this year’s recipient isn’t actually a rocket scientist, he does have a degree in Aviation Mechanics and his first career was as an aircraft inspector for the Department of Defense.
For almost two decades, Tom August has had a positive and lasting impact on Wisconsin high school forensics. Tom is an active supporter of both the WFCA and WHSFA, regularly attends association meetings and has run district festivals. He has coached WFCA state champions and finalists and his program regularly finishes in the top six in Division 2.
DeForest hosts an annual forensics tournament and Tom helps it run smoothly and professionally. Since their tournament is one of the first in the competitive season, he faces extra challenges that he handles with ease. His focus is to maintain a positive, educational experience for competitors and judges alike.
As a fellow coach, Tom is a friendly colleague. His focus is always on improving student performance and forensics programs in the state ofWisconsin. Tom is a strong supporter of all forensics programs and is an excellent mentor for new coaches and a confidante for those seeking advice for their own programs. A former student of Tom’s put it best, “He loves what he does and puts 110% in every week.”
High school principal Machell Schwarz commended August, saying, “Tom certainly stands out as meeting all of the criteria for this award. I know that forensics is a passion for him and I have personally seen the fabulous results that he has achieved with our students here at DAHS. I congratulate Tom on a well-deserved award.”