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Athletics aren’t the only thing bringing home the gold for SPASH.

SPASH Forensics stood out at the state meet in Madison where they brought home five golds, five silvers and three bronzes.

The members of the team are Jacqeline Wisinski, Saralyn Carcy, Stephanie Vang, Sydney Clark, Jaycie Korth, Hannah Kolarik, Grace Kempe, Lexi Vrieze, Reid Larson, Emma Pech; Elaina Knapp, Jocelyn He, Kenzie Swinford and Kaia Houtman.

The team only has one organized practice a week, but they spend time with each other outside of practice and they perfect their pieces on their own time. Donahue said that this brings the team closer and you can tell they are all dedicated by how much time they put in on their own.

Very basically forensics is speaking or performing in front of an audience. The team members get to choose between a variety of categories which include poetry, storytelling, play acting and group interpretation.

Every performance is timed and lasts nearly 10 minutes.

To get to State you need to advance through three meets before that and nearly all of the team made it.You are only guaranteed one meet which means every single performance has to be spot on to make it to state.

For the three meets leading up to state you perform your act three different times to three separate judges. All of the judges give them their score and they take the average. At state, you only get one chance with one judge.

Jill Donahue, the assistant coach, never did forensics in high school but decided to start helping out and has now been part of the team for five years.

Donahue said, “For next year we are looking to get more people on the team and have another successful season.”


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9 Responses to “Forensic Fury”

  1. Kara on May 11th, 2018 12:16 PM

    Good story. I liked how you added who is all on the team and what they do! It could’ve gone into a little more detail about who runs the team.

  2. Hannah Gibbons on May 11th, 2018 12:22 PM

    I wish I would’ve done Forensics in high school, just because I have a natural gift of talking in front of people. I’m glad someone was able to write an article about this piece, just because nobody really knows who or what the Forensics team is. I really enjoyed your informational piece; however, it would’ve been nice to have some quotes from some of the members.

  3. Will Carroll on May 11th, 2018 12:23 PM

    Forensics is certainly something that isn’t covered much, and I’m glad someone wrote about it. Also good job on being informative in this article, well done!

  4. Tony Ludwig on May 11th, 2018 12:28 PM

    My sister did Forensics one year, and she had a lot of fun. I’m not huge into public speaking, but it seems that would have been fun.

  5. Dylan Konicek on May 11th, 2018 12:32 PM

    I actually never knew that forensics had such a thing like this, I really liked the story topic and your lead and how you tied it with athletics. You had every bit of info you needed in order to write the story.

  6. Kacey Koch on May 11th, 2018 12:50 PM

    Forensics doesn’t get talked about enough! I feel like I’ve always heard it’s been so successful.

  7. Alyssa Schroeckenthaler on May 11th, 2018 12:50 PM

    Nice story! I think forensics sounds like a lot of fun, but also very stressful. I really like the picture you included as well. I would’ve liked one or two more quotes from members of the team.

  8. Hannah Siegel on May 11th, 2018 12:52 PM

    This was a good story, I like how you included all the members and what goes on in forensics. I know a few people in it and they all say its fun, it personally not for me but its sounds cool.

  9. Evan Thomas on September 4th, 2018 10:52 AM

    Forensics sounds very successful! It is pretty cool how well they do in competitions and hopefully they can keep it going in the future.4G

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