Forensics Duo of Douglasson and Ellerbeck Take State Title


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Contrary to popular belief, forensics at Woodgrove High School is not about solving crimes. The word “forensics” is rooted from the Greek word meaning “to explain or interpret.” Early Greeks first organized these types of speaking competitions, which carry on throughout many schools today.

Woodgrove forensics coach David Noland explains that forensics is a public speaking competition with some categories being related to dramatic interpretation, and others relating to debate. Everyone performs individually or, in duo categories, with a partner. Categories include: Humorous, Serious, Poetry, and Prose Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speech.

Woodgrove Forensics members Douglasson and Ellerbeck won the state championship in the Humorous Duo category with their performance, “Big Bang.” This performance is, “The entirety of civilization performed through dance” according to the duo. It was a ten minute performance where they performed as the hosts for “something like a sales pitch.”

Woodgrove juniors Sarah Rector and Molly Warndorff took third place in the state in the same category of Humorous Duo Interpretation.

According to Mr. Noland, the forensics team is “on an upward trajectory.”