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Why We Speak

At MavForensics, we believe that one of the best parts of this activity is that it gives students the opportunity and ability to speak about issues most important to them.  Participation in forensics fosters a students’ ability to understand an issue, the perspectives of others, communicate their thoughts to others clearly, and advocate for what they think is right.  These are skills that will be vital in our students’ academic and personal lives and make them engaged civic participants.  Students in all areas of forensics get the opportunity to share their thoughts and beliefs with their audience.  In the public address events (Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Communication Analysis, and After-Dinner Speaking), students research, write, and deliver an original speech on a topic important to them.  In interpretation events (Dramatic Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Program of Oral Interpretation), students interpret various genres of literature in order to share the words and perspectives of others.  In limited preparation events (Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking), speakers come up with speeches in limited time at the tournament using supporting material they have read, seen, or experienced to help support their thoughts.

Some of the issues that are important to our students that they have chosen to highlight this year in their public address and interpretation events for the 2012-2013 Season include:

    • Do not let others define you by your race or culture
    • Food allergies and intolerances deserve serious recognition
    • How to keep HIV/AIDS medication off the black market
    • Is the Matrix real?
    • It is important to help those who cannot help themselves
    • Preventing caregiver burnout
    • Some people find solace in silence
    • The importance of misdemeanor convictions
    • We need to support one another, not pull each other down