Forensics Duo of Douglasson and Ellerbeck Take State Title & Rank Runner Up at VHSL Film Festival


Written by Ella Erickson


Update: Out of 93 submitted films, Woodgrove seniors Dillon Douglasson and Wyatt Ellerbeck placed runner up at the VHSL Film Festival. Their film, ‘the Best a Man Can Get,’ was categorized as a commercial/PSA and was screened and honored at the festival over June 3 – 4.


Douglasson and Ellerbeck “brought home the gold” when they were pronounced the champions of  the Humorous Duo category at the state forensics competition.


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.”