The PHS 2013 forensics season was concluded this weekend with two state competitions, one in Madison, WI on Friday and second in Ripon, WI on Saturday. This also ends my and many others High school forensics careers. First I want to look back at where it all began.
In November 2012, I decided to randomly join the PHS forensics team, not knowing what I had signed up for, but I learned quickly that whatever it was, I would have to work hard to accomplish my personal goals. When it became time for me to choose my category, I faced a hard decision. I ended up choosing Extemporaneous speaking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extemporaneous_speaking) because I like challenges. I started a hard period of initial practice to get used to my category in December.
On January 23rd, I had my first competition in Appleton. I will always remember this competition, with all the stress and drama involved! After this competition I had the chance to compete at many other schools around the state (Sun Prairie, Kaukana, Sheboygan South, New London and Brookfield East). These competitions were preparation for my ultimate goal, the state meet at Ripon College.
On April 20th, we competed for the last time this season at Ripon College. It was a hard tournament for me, mainly because I knew that there were many people who I have learned to know in the last four months that I would possibly never meet again. But I tried my best to set that to the side and focus on the competition. My questions for this meet involved texting while driving, secretary of state Kerry visiting China and cyberbullying at school. To my surprise, I was ranked first in my third round (out of 7) which led to my advancement to the semi-finals (first time powering). This was definitely the biggest surprise that I have met during this year. I gave my semi-final speech on the following topic: “Is the dollar overvalued?”. I knew that this would be the end of my season after giving the speech, because it lacked structure and knowledge. I am still incredibly happy over what I’ve achieved in only a few months. My final position at the state meet was 12th.
Our team also competed in the Wisconsin High school Forensics association. These competitions are different, as we compete against ourselves instead of against others in the same category. The season started in February with Sub-District in Kohler. Our team did great and everybody advanced to District. Between Sub-District and District we competed in our conference. PHS was the number one school at our conference again this year! We had our district meet at Bayport High school, North of Green Bay. As in Sub-district, everybody advanced to the next round, which was the state tournament. On Friday April 19th, we traveled to Madison for our one round competition. Our entire team did great, as everybody got at least bronze. I got 23 points out of 25, which is worth a silver 🙂
This season has been incredible, and so have the people who I have had a chance to meet during these few months. The entire team from Plymouth is truly awesome and supportive! I also had the chance to learn to know many students from my category, but also many other categories and schools! Forensics would be nothing without all of you amazing people, and I just want to thank everybody for the support!
Furthermore, School here is great, still one and a half month to go until graduation, but time is flying now. Even though it is supposed to be spring, it is still snowing here, but hopefully the weather will get a little warmer before summer! Now I want to share some pictures from the last few months 🙂 peace out!