The Science of Speaking


Anne King, Journalist

Forensics is known as “The art of public speaking”.  Though many people find public speaking terrifying, some enjoy it for just that reason. 

“You’ll still be nervous but the fear will generally ebb away,” said Ms. Gimber, the coach of the forensics team.

Ms. Gimber has been teaching for seven years and this year she is teaching photojournalism along with English 9.  Before Ms. Gimber was coaching forensics it was lead by Mrs. Wells, but Ms. Gimber assumed the position when she visited a tournament and all the students were holding hands waiting for the scores. 

When she saw that she felt that she needed to be a part of the team. “It’s a great community,” Ms. Gimber said.

Many students, like senior  and captain of this year’s Forensics team, Sarah Jacques, will be joining the team again this year. Sarah believes that the team has drastically excelled since her freshman year. She has primarily participated in “humorous duo”, which is a dramatic category, but she is thinking of branching out into other categories.

“Forensics looks great on college apps,” said Jacques,”it actually looks better than NHS, which most people don’t know.”

There are ten categories in Forensics that are split into two different sections. The dramatic section is where students are able to tell stories and must make it clear to the audience which character(s) they are portraying. This is especially difficult because the performers are not allowed to use props. Then, there are speaking categories which are more academic based. This is so each student can find the category that fits with what they want to do.

“It’s just fun,” Ms. Gimber said, “it’s scary, but it’s fun.”

If anyone is interested in Forensics they can talk to Ms. Gimber in I03.