Here are the Elmwood High School Forensics team members at UW Madison in State competition, (L to R): Yahir Nunez, Matt Baker, Mckenzie Woodard, Taylin Delong, and Kendalyn Hoyt. Submitted photo
Here are the Elmwood High School Forensics team members at UW Madison in State competition, (L to R): Yahir Nunez, Matt Baker, Mckenzie Woodard, Taylin Delong, and Kendalyn Hoyt. Submitted photo

Compiled by Cari Cornelius, with Ann Vue, HS Forensics Coach

ELMWOOD, WI – On Friday April 12, students from Elmwood High School traveled to Madison, WI to compete in the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) State Competition. Held at the UW-Madison campus, more than 340 schools attended and over 4,200 students competed.

According to the WHSFA’s website, the speech competition aims to help students develop themselves in” public speaking and in the oral interpretation of literature.” This includes teaching them the valuable skills of research and using it to draw conclusions, using vocal expression and tone to convey ideas, and promoting school and community relations through an intellectual activity.

To qualify for this state competition, students needed to get two scores of 16 or better out of each round (the highest score is 25) to advance from subdistrict to district. From district, they must earn two 20’s to advance to state. Once at the state competition, the student gets only one chance to perform. A score of 25 is gold, 24-23 is silver, 22-20 is bronze, and anything lower than 20 is a baby bronze.

Ann Vue, Elmwood’s  Forensics coach and also a high school English teacher, guided the Elmwood High School’s team to victory with several big wins: Matt Baker, a junior, won a gold; Taylin Delong, a junior, won a gold; Yahir Nunez, a freshman, won a silver; Kendalyn Hoyt, a freshman, won a bronze; Mckenzie Woodard, a freshman won a bronze; and Kendra Kern, a junior, advanced to State Forensics, but was absent.