“Forensics is an activity that accepts all kinds of students and embraces differences and disabilities and celebrates them.”
Jennifer Kieran
Speech Coach, Ellsworth HS
2017 New Coach Award Honoree
“Forensics is the purest form of teaching. You get to work directly with kids and help them grow throughout their high school years.”
Dr. Kay Neal
Professor Emeritus, UW-Oshkosh
WHSFA Debate Advisor
"Completing the educational process through activities, students learn teamwork, fair play, self-discipline, self-confidence and how to handle competitive situations."
Interscholastic academic/performing arts sports, such as One-Act Theatre, Speech, Debate, and Film, should be supported by schools much in the same way they support athletics. Moreover, these academic sports can be sustained at a fraction of the cost of athletics through local and state contests of the WHSFA.

NSDAAccording to the National Speech & Debate Association, schools who offer programming report:

  • Increased attendance
  • Higher test scores
  • Rise in college acceptance
  • Unique benefits for at-risk students
  • Reduced drop-out rates

The Wisconsin State Legislature passed a joint resolution recognizing March 3, 2017 as National Speech and Debate Education Day, thanks to our friends at the National Speech & Debate Association (formerly National Forensic League).


Making the Case for Forensics (NFHS)
Forensics & College Admissions (NSDA)
School Administrator Letter (NSDA)
Every Student Must Communicate
Enhancing Civic Literacy/Democracy
 Forensics Can Change Lives
Better Investment Not Found on Wall St
Theatre Advocacy Tools (EdTA)
Theatre in Our Schools (EdTA)
Editorial Letter: Value of Forensics
Benefits-Student Activities

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