School Forensics Teams are aimed at helping students become better communicators and critical thinkers, skills which educators believe are necessary in society today. Students in grades 6 -8 at Nazareth Academy Grade School are invited to become members of the Forensics Team. Students participate in a variety of categories including Prose and Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, and Congress. Students meet every Tuesday after school from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (unless otherwise noted - refer to school calendar) to prepare for local competitions at area high schools and elementary schools. Students polish their oratorical skills while developing poise and confidence in public speaking.
***It is imperative that students attend each Tuesday meeting. A strict attendance policy is enforced. If a team member is absent more than once before a competition, he/she will not be able to compete in the next scheduled tournament. If a student is a member of a "duo," he/she should respect the other team member with number of absences. It is difficult to practice a "duo" without both students present on Tuesdays. School athletes are, of course, obligated to fulfill their athletic responsibilities. The Forensics coach respectfully requests that athletes inform the Forensics coach of an absence due to a game or practice.
Students must have material(s) at every session along with the required binder.
A typical tourament schedule is as follows:
January - St. Joseph's Prep
March - Ancillae-Assumpta Academy
Mid April - Archbishop Ryan HS
April - Holy Ghost Prep
May - LaSalle College HS
These tournaments generally last from 8:00 AM - @3:00PM. The team competitors are expected to remain at the competition the entire day, mostly to "root for" and support fellow team members.
(FYI: St. Joseph's Prep competition ends at @6:00PM - longest tournament of all others.)