The Oak Creek East Middle School Forensics Team completed its first-ever all virtual season. The purpose of middle school forensics is to build self-confidence and oral competency by developing and practicing fundamental public speaking skills. This year, a small team of 7th and 8th graders stepped up to the plate to adapt to this new online platform in order to perform their presentations.
With a lot of hard work, dedication and problem solving, the entire team showed off their talents and grew as speakers. Students earned individual medals and awards throughout the season. In a typical season, students would travel to different schools and compete in front of other kids. This was not feasible due to the pandemic, so the whole Middle-Level Forensics Association (MLFA) transitioned to an all-virtual platform using Speechwire. All students were able to compete from the safety and comfort of their own homes.
"All members had the bonus task of creating the ideal set up in their homes for competitions. This required families to get creative in order to have the right sound and technology to support their pieces for competitions. From finding the best acoustics to being creative in how to deliver a speech while using props, the EMS Forensics Team stepped up to the plate despite these challenging times and with the help and support of their families," EMS forensics coach and teacher Nikki Prelesnik said.
The entire team qualified to compete at the Middle-Level Forensics Association State Tournament held Sunday, March 21. The team took 3rd place in the medium schools' category!
These students didn't let anything get in their way of having fun and growing.
Congratulations East Middle School Forensics Team!