State Speech Festival
Cancellation of Speech Festivals
March 12, 2020: It is with a heavy heart we must announce cancellation of ALL speech festivals – district and State – for the remainder of the season. Today, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency, and in accordance, we are required to cancel our events. Coaches: please communicate to any adjudicators you've hired that festivals are cancelled. With uncertainty and limited time between now and the end of the school year, there are no reasonable means to plan and execute an alternate timeline for festival dates or locations. Several other states have cancelled their State Speech contests, so this is, indeed, an extraordinary situation.
Three-Year Gold Medalist Award
For the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 school years, the Four-Year Speech Gold Medalist Award is suspended; instead, a special Three-Year Gold Medalist Award will be available for 12th graders who have earned three Gold Medals at the State Speech Festival, and who advanced to the District level in 2020. This ensures current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students have the same opportunity to list on their résumés that they earned a perfect score at 100% of the State Speech festivals they attended.
*Please see directional signage to locations.
Harassment & Discrimination Policy
The Wisconsin High School Forensic Association is committed to fostering safe and supportive learning environments for all student participants and adults at our interscholastic events. This requires mutual respect on the part of all people present. Accordingly, WHSFA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination by and to any person, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law. Individuals found to have violated this policy will be subject to a full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the festival premises.
If you have a concern about how people are treating you that you want to make known to the WHSFA and, if appropriate, legal authorities, or you have witnessed behavior inconsistent with the Harassment and Discrimination Policy, please report to the festival registration/information table in the Mainstage lobby, and request to meet with an equity officer. You will be asked to complete a form sharing your information and describing the violation. You will then discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with an equity officer, who shall in turn, investigate the complaint. Whenever possible, connect with an equity officer in person first.