Students in grades six through eight at St. Alphonsus have the option to participate in forensics. St. Alphonsus School is a member of the Middle Level Forensics Association (MLFA), the premier middle school forensics organization in Wisconsin. Each year, members of the team attend five meets in the area, and if their cumulative scores are high enough, the state meet in a more centralized location.
St. Alphonsus’ School program has seen individual and team success over the past decade. Aside from the numerous trophies garnered at various meets, roughly 90% of the team qualifies for the state meet each year (about 67-75% is the normal range).
Perhaps the most significant aspect of the program is the way it pushes all members, regardless of external awards, to be more dynamic and confident speakers. Many graduates have parlayed forensics experience into drama programs in high school; at the very least, students who participate in forensics speak of being more comfortable when they are required to perform for school projects and the like.
Though forensics is not for everyone, the program at St. Alphonsus is open to anyone who wants to improve his/her public speaking skills. Many adults list public speaking as a top fear; forensics alumni have no fear.