Archive for the ‘Forensics’ Category

Erin’s Trifecta – Part 1

May 3, 2016
2016 Forensics Trophies
2016 Forensics Trophies

Erin has been having an amazing junior year in high school when it comes to extra-curricular activities. This and the next two posts will discuss what we have begun to refer to as Erin’s State-Level Honors Trifecta. The first event in this trifecta was the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament at UW-Whitewater on April 2nd, 2016. As you will recall from my previous post, Erin and her partner Samantha have been participating in the Duo Interpretation category this season and presenting “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris. Throughout the season, they placed in the top three at four separate tournaments and Erin placed an additional two times when she double entered with her Four Minute Speaking piece on “Rosie The Riveter.” What an incredibly awesome season.

Erin and Samantha at State Forensics
Erin and Samantha at State Forensics

The way that the state forensics tournament works is that you present your piece three separate times to three separate judges. If you do well enough, you advance to semi-finals where you perform once in front of three judges. From the semi-finals, they choose six presentations to advance to the finals and perform in front of five judges. Most people involved in forensics will tell you that advancing to finals at the state competition is the ultimate goal. All six of the competitors at that point are so good that they are all truly winners.

Both Erin and Samantha had advanced to semi-finals in different categories twice each in previous appearances at the state tournament. And both had not been able to break into finals in those events. This year, however, things were different. Erin and Samantha finally made it to finals and placed fourth overall in the Duo Interpretation category. As you can see by the picture above, they were very excited.

As an interesting side note and strange coincidence, three years earlier, during his junior year, Erin’s brother, A.J., also performed “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris. He performed in the Solo Humorous category. And he also placed fourth overall in his category at the state tournament using that same piece. How peculiar.

Mid-Season Forensics Update 2016

February 29, 2016
2016 Forensic Trophies

Just about a year ago, I posted an update about Erin and how she had been performing on the Forensics team. I was bursting with pride because Erin had “placed” in her first four tournament of the Forensics season and had four trophies to prove it. With four tournaments completed again this year, I am again pleased to announce that Erin doing a fantastic job. By looking at the attached picture, you notice that there are five trophies that have been earned this year.

Having competed in the Four Minute Speaking category for two years in a row, Erin decided to try something new this season. She joined forces with Samantha Moore, a senior and captain of the Forensics team, to participate in the Duo Interpretation category. The ladies are presenting “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris and so far have placed first twice, second once, and third once. Much like Erin did last year, they have placed in every single tournament so far.

At the encouragement of her coach, Erin has also decided to double enter at those tournaments that allow doubling and has prepared a Four Minute Speaking piece on “Rosie The Riveter.” In the two tournaments that she competed in that category, she has placed third once. Thus, breaking her personal record by placing five times in four tournaments.

Words can’t express how proud I am of Erin and Samantha. They have put a lot of hard work into both of their performances and it has really paid off. And I crossing my fingers and sending them good vibes for continued success for the rest of the season.

Mid-Season Forensics Update

March 1, 2015

I have to tell ya that I am just bursting with pride. Erin is doing a fantastic job in High School Forensics this year. This is her second year on the High School team and her second year competing in the category of Four Minute Speaking. This year, her topic is entitled “The Psychological Disorders of the Disney Princesses.”

The Sussex Hamilton team is competing in six Invitational tournaments, one Conference tournament, and the State tournament this season. As they have already been to four of those Invitationals, I would consider this the halfway point for the season. In those four tournaments so far this year, Erin has received three First Place trophies and one Third Place trophy. I know, right?

I am so very proud of her and all of her accomplishments so far this season. Keep up the good work, Erin! We’ll be cheering for you for the rest of season.

State Forensics Tournament

March 27, 2011

Congratulations to Erin for getting a third place trophy at the Wisconsin MLFA State Tournament in Oconomowoc yesterday; the only student at her school to place. She did an outstanding job in forensics all year and we are so proud of this accomplishment. She competed in the Prose category by reciting a portion of Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm.

Just after her first competition at the beginning of the season, she was fitted was a palatal expander as a precursor to eventually getting braces. Let’s just say that it placing a large hunk of metal in the roof of your mouth can definitely change your speech pattern for a while. She gave it her best all season and continually improved week by week; getting a bronze at the tournament at Slinger Middle School. Her hard work paid off this weekend and we are very happy for her.

A.J. is Bound for the State Forensics Tournament

March 2, 2008

A.J. and his “Group Acting” partner, Daniel, took first place in their category at the Oconomowoc Middle School Forensics Tournament on Saturday. It was a three round event and they got a perfect score in one round and only missed one point in each of the other two rounds. They have done really well at the four meets in which they have participated. They took second place at one of the meets and now a first place finish at this one. From what I am told, this is fairly impressive for a couple of sixth graders.

To top things off, they have also qualified to participate in the State Tournament in Neenah in a couple of weeks. Congratulations guys and good luck at State.

Forensics

February 11, 2008

A.J. is on the Forensics team at his Middle School. He and his friend Daniel compete in the Group Acting category. On Saturday, the team participated in the Badger Middle School Forensics Meet. The participants compete in two rounds and the winners of those rounds go on to compete in the power round. A.J. and Daniel took second place in the Group Acting power round. Congratulations boys! Keep up the good work.