Forensics in high school is not what you’d typically imagine with shows like CSI and Law & Order, constantly making reference to “Forensics Science.” In high school, Forensics is the competitive sport of public speaking and presentation. Inspired by the Latin word, forensis, which means “in open court” or “public”, Forensics challenges students to hone the art and craft of performing and presenting in events such as acting, improvisation, giving speeches, and debate.
The Circle High School Forensics team is a spring semester class that students can take as long as they meet the prerequisites. Those are by either passing the Drama 1/Intro to Drama class or the Speech Communications class. In same cases, students may reach out to the head forensics coach, Mr. Justin Ralph, for a recommendation to join the class. This is not guaranteed, but will allow Coach Ralph to assess the readiness for the class.
Forensics requires a lot of dedication and is a time commitment. Tournaments happen after school on weekdays and last until around 9:00 pm or on weekends lasting from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. A large majority of the events are individual events for students, but a few duo events exist. Either way these events challenge students to effectively manage their time, strive for improvement, and to maintain a healthy work ethic.
This is a KSHSAA sponsored sport and students have the ability to earn recognition, medals, letter, or even collegiate scholarships in post-secondary education. Additionally, since it is also a course offered within the school day there is a level of flexibility in working with winter and spring sports.
For more information about Forensics you can check out the YouTube channel of the National Speech & Debate Association, who sets a precedence for the Forensics procedures nationwide. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsjYrfd8zBnbQAwFxKXEr3Q)
Follow the Thunderbird Forensics page on Twitter here for updates on the current season!