"Words have incredible power.
They can make people's hearts soar, 
or they can make people's hearts sore."
--Dr. Mardy Grothe

Welcome to Northwood Forensics, where speakers influence audience.

State Forensics 2017
Important Dates for 2018
Sub-district Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Solon Spring
District mid-March at Hayward High School
State Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21 at UW-Madison

**Please see the "photos" button to the left for pictures of our speakers at past contests.

The Northwood High School forensics team is an amazing group of enthusiastic speakers, and all students are invited to join our team. There is room on the team for beginners as well as seasoned veterans--all will improve and all will build life skills. Students will attend three team meetings and then will schedule individual practice time.  "Forensicators" must be prepared to practice their performances and learn how to be better public speakers.

See a list of speaking categories and other information on the tab to the left. (Each school is limited to 4 entries in each categories, with no more than 25 entries total.) There are interpretive categories as well as public speaking opportunities.

For more information on the activity of forensics, consult the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association link on the left.

Northwood forensics members also speak at tournaments sponsored by Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association schools. To the left, there is more information about this organization.

Also posted on this site are links to college forensics teams. Forensics is an activity that can be continued post-secondary, and students do not have to be a speech major to participate. See the first link for a comprehensive list of college programs across the United States.

Standards for Evaluation:
High school forensics (WHSFA) performances are judged on a 25 point scale.
Subdistrict—participant/entry must earn 16 or more points from 2/3 judges to advance to District
District—participant/entry must earn 20 or more points from 2/3 judges to advance to State
State—one performance
State Awards: Gold--Critic’s Choice (25), Silver--All State (23-24), Bronze--Finalist (20-22), Small bronze--Achievement (5-19)

Students will have extra opportunities to attend Saturday tournaments at northern Wisconsin high schools.  These are optional; however, they are fun, fun, and fun!
Tentative Schedule 2018
Saturday, Feb. 3: UW-Eau Claire?
Saturday, Feb. 10: Baldwin-Woodville
Saturday, Feb. 17: Menomonie HS
Saturday, Feb. 24: New Richmond
Saturday, March 3: Eau Claire Regis
Saturday, March 10: Prescott HS


Contact: Karen Duffy