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forensics

Forensics

The word "forensics" comes from the Latin forensis and refers ultimately to the art of speaking competently in public. The Wisconsin Mid-Level Forensics Association provides opportunities for our students to practice this art. There are eighteen different categories  from which students can choose. Short plays, persuasive speeches, new reports, storytelling, and group interpretation are a few examples.

Starting with two students in 2007, the Aquinas Academy Forensics team has grown to more than fifteen students. Our volunteer coaches have many years’ experience in both performing and coaching at the middle-school and high-school levels. 

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State Competitions

Students from Aquinas Academy have qualified to compete at the State Tournament every year since the team’s inception. We have had many State Finalists and placed 5th in the Small School division in 2013. Students who participate gain not only public speaking skills, but also confidence and leadership abilities that will serve them in high school, college, and in any career they might choose.

 

Forensics and Classical Education

Forensics is a good fit for a classical school. The classical trivium (threefold path) aims at developing in students an appreciation for beauty and truth in speech (grammar), beauty and truth in argument (logic), and beauty and truth in expression (rhetoric). Students practice grammar when they memorize their piece and learn the meanings of the words. They practice logic when they come to understand the arguments within their piece and learn to evaluate the supporting evidence. And they practice rhetoric when they come to understand the effects that their piece has on the audience and the reason for them. Participating in Forensics provides Aquinas students the opportunity to practice each of these arts.