High school students excel at State Forensics Tournament

Gillian Staeven
Gillian Staeven

The Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association (WFCA) announced DeForest Area High School junior, Gillian Staeven as a champion of the 2016 WFCA State Tournament in the Storytelling event.  The DAHS team took fourth in among the Division II schools.  Others earning honors at the tournament were:  Lauren Bayer, second place in Farrago; Kylie Rogers, third in Impromptu; Cassidy Schell, fourth in Demo; and Sidney Bergeron, fourth in Special Occasion.  The team was lead by head coach Tom August and assistant coaches,

The competition was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday, April 2. The tournament marked the capstone of high school competitive speech activities for thousands of Wisconsin students. This year, over 900 students from 73 schools across the state competed in various events.

Students competed in three preliminary rounds, and the best-ranking students in each category continued on to the semi-final and final rounds. An awards ceremony recognized the scholarship winners, winners of coaching awards, the semi-finalists and finalists in each category, and the top-ranked teams.

The Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association was established in 1972. Their  mission is “to instill and develop in students communication skills vital for a lifetime of effective participation in a democratic society.” To that end, the WFCA promotes the interests of Wisconsin interscholastic forensics by assisting in the regulation and improvement of forensic practices and by serving as a forum for the airing of opinions concerning forensic activities.  In addition to sponsoring a full calendar of tournaments, WFCA offers training and program support. The season culminates with the State Tournament, open to every member school.  For more information, visit www.wfcaforensics.org.

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