Carrying on a proud Lodi tradition of competitive speaking, 7 members of the Lodi Forensics Team competed in the WFCA State Forensics Competition–this year held online rather than at the UW Madison campus.
- Marissa Cummimngs (Impromptu Speaking)
- Hannah Heider (Prose)
- Julia Wiessing (Impromptu Speaking)
- Natalie Haak (Prose)
- Jade Homewood (Poetry)
- Amelia Heider (Prose)
- Michael Schiller (Farrago)
Both Hannah and Amelia qualified as semi-finalists.
What is Forensics?
“Forensic Speaking” is the study and practice of public speaking and debate. Lodi participates in two leagues: The Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) and the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association (WFCA). The two associations operate under similar rules, with some minor variations.
The WFCA has 18 categories in which students can compete at the state level. The 7 students who participated in the state competition did so in Prose (reading selections from literature), Poetry (reading selections of poetry), Farrago (reading a combination of literature, poetry, essays, speeches, etc.), and Impromptu Speaking (preparing and giving a 5 minute speech on a randomly-chosen topic, with only 5 minutes of preparation).
Lodi has a long tradition of excellence in Forensics, teaching students confidence and public speaking skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.