Forensics Speak-Off Provides Prep for Upcoming Competition
The Lower School held its annual “Forensics Speak-Off” on Tuesday, an in-school event that helps prepare Norfolk Academy’s young orators and dramatic speakers for the upcoming regional competition.
Students participate in four competition categories, which are divided by gender, so that boys compete against boys, and girls compete against girls:
poetry—students recite a poem with appropriate expressiveness and inflection
prose—students dramatically read a selection of a story or nonfiction piece, often featuring dialogue or exciting action
storytelling—students tell a story written by another author, but they must memorize the tale and act it out
oratory—students research a topic and write an original persuasive speech
The “Speak Off” allows students to receive feedback on their performances from guest judges, typically teachers from the Middle and Upper Schools.
Over many decades, the forensics team has been an incredibly popular activity in the Lower School. Approximately 40 students participated this year, staying after school to work on their selections with the help of seven teacher-coaches.
The regional competition rotates among participating private schools, and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is the host of this year’s competition on April 18th. Only some members of the team are able to participate in the regional competition, due to limits on the number of entrants from each school.
Norfolk Academy is proud of the creativity, commitment, and skill of these speakers! Best of luck in the regional competition!
FORENSICS 2017 – 2018
Poetry Team (Teacher-Coaches Mrs. Kathy Lonergan and Mrs. Jackie Diamonstein)
Storytelling Team (Teacher-Coach Mrs. Marianne Tembe)
Ann Gray Golpira
Prose Team (Teacher-Coaches Mrs. Jennifer Walker and Dr. Alice Pleming)
Oratory Team (Teacher-Coaches, Mrs. Susan Duquette and Mrs. Sarah Smythe)