The Wisconsin High School Forensic Association held its 121st annual State Speech Festival on the campus of UW-Madison, hosting 4,656 students from 340 high schools across the state of Wisconsin, as well as La Crescent, Minnesota.
Judges rate each student or performing group, and the top five percent of point-earning schools are recognized with Excellence in Speech Awards, with the school and teacher each presented with a plaque. This year, 18 schools earned this honor, including the DeForest Area High School Forensics team, led by adviser Tom August.
“Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” said WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.”
About the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association:
Since 1895, the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) has provided programming for middle and high school students in theatre, debate, and public speaking activities. Each year, our nonprofit organization serves about 10,000 Wisconsin students from 375-400 high schools, and 150-200 middle schools in the longestrunning high school speech contests in the nation. Our aim is to empower students to enhance their skills in presentation through interscholastic assessment. For more information, visit http://www.whsfa.org.