The DeForest Area High School Forensics Team has earned the Excellence in Speech Award that recognizes schools whose students earn the highest medalist honors at the State Speech Festival.
The Wisconsin High School Forensic Association held its 122nd annual State Speech Festival on the campus of UW-Madison, April 21 & 22, hosting 4,564 students from 343 high schools across the state of Wisconsin. Students must advance from two qualifying level contests to perform at the State contest, which is one of the largest in the country.
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, DeForest Area High School was one of 18 schools to earn this honor.
“Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet 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 longest-
running high school speech contests in the nation. “Our aim is to empower students to enhance their skills in presentation through interscholastic assessment” (WHSFA website). For more information, visit www.whsfa.org.