The Forensics Team allows students to compete as a team representing their school, performing in individual public speaking and acting events. The forensics season typically takes place from the end of February through May. Students travel to schools around the state on various Saturdays during this time to compete in tournaments against other schools. Students have the opportunity to earn individual awards as well as school awards. The Forensics Team is able to attend these tournaments through membership in the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association (MIFA) and Michigan Speech Coaches Incorporated (MSCI).
PUBLIC SPEAKING EVENTS
Broadcasting- Students prepare a 5-minute news broadcast with international, national, state, and local news, sports, weather, and a 1-minute editorial about a chosen article from the news copy.
Extemporaneous- Students have 45 minutes to prepare and present a structured speech based on a current event using a file of research that they have prepared in advance.
Impromptu- Students have 6 minutes to prepare and present a structured speech interpreting a quote and supporting their interpretation with examples.
Informative- Students perform a 5-8 minute speech informing the audience about a topic, complete with visual aids.
Oratory- Students perform a 7-10 minute speech that is persuasive.
Sales- Students perform a 5-8 minute speech selling a product or service, complete with visual aids.
Dramatic Interpretation- Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from a play or film script.
Prose- Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from a short story or novel.
Duo- Two students perform a 7-10 minute cutting from a play, film script, or novel.
Multiple- Three to eight students perform a 10-15 minute cutting from a play, film script, or novel.
Poetry- Students perform a 5-8 minute poem or collection of poems centered around a common theme.
Storytelling- Students perform a 5-8 minute cutting from children's literature, folk tales, or mythology.
For additional information about MIFA forensics, please visit the MIFA Individual Events (Forensics) page.