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Student Blog: On Your Mark, Get Set…Speech!


the members of the forensics team pose menacingly and prepare for a speech

The following blog comes from one of our students and was originally published in an issue of Hilltopics.

The winter season is full of opportunities at SLS, including sports and extracurricular activities. One of these activities is Forensics.

Forensics is a competition between individuals or teams in public speaking. Forensic tournaments are held at various high schools around the state, subdivided into districts in which schools compete against each other. The public speaking categories are split into two different groups: speech and interpretation. Speech is where one writes their own piece and presents it from memory; topics can include a special occasion, a world issue, or just an interesting story that the presenter wants to share. Interpretation is where one performs a written piece. These selections are divided into categories such as poetry, prose, radio speaking, play acting and group interpretation, just to name a few.

Forensics is one of the most popular extracurricular activities at SLS, having around forty participants. The tournaments are very fun and exciting; allowing students to get to know others from the area. As sophomore Benedict Wood said, “You get to know your competitors in an interesting way. On one hand, only one of you can win; on the other hand, you’re all friends. There really is nothing like it.” Overall, forensics is a very fun activity that gets students off the Hill and involved in public speaking, a key skill in life. Students may not win first every time, but they can always have a good time trying.

St. Lawrence Seminary is an all boys Catholic boarding school located in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. We welcome students from Minnesota, Illinois and across the United States. Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the example of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Lawrence Seminary provides a residential college preparatory education in a living Catholic community nurturing mature, well-rounded men of faith. See if St. Lawrence is right for you and your son.