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Forensics Team

Warrior 4N6

The Lakeside Lutheran High School forensic team, under the coaching of teacher Mr. Steve Lauber, has an established history of excellence, ranking in the top 5% of teams in the state at the State Speech Festival each spring in Madison each year since 2010. In 2014 and 2016, they were WFHSA State Champions, competing among 340-360 Wisconsin high schools.

2018-19 tentative schedule
Nov. 1 Begin choosing and preparing a forensics piece
Dec. 13-14 Initial Tryouts
Jan. 10-11 Final Tryouts
Jan. 15 Team Selection Posted
Jan. 19 Watertown Tournament @ Watertown 8:00 a.m.
Jan. 26 Marquette High School @ Marquette 8:00 a.m.
Feb. 4 Conference Tournament @ Columbus 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 Sub District Meet @ Deerfield 4:30 p.m.
March 5 District Meet @ McFarland 4:30 p.m.
April 10 Family and Friends Night @ Lakeside 6:00 p.m.
April 12 State Tournament @ U.W. Madison 5:45 p.m.


The speaking categories Warrior orators compete in can include:

Moments in History

  1. 6 minutes
  2. Something from a selected time period
  3. Original informative speech
  4. Support materials may be used but not worn
  5. Educates people on your topic

Farrago  (death, love, hatred, jealousy, etc.)

  1. A variety of genres (poetry, short stories, speeches, essays, drama novels etc.) 
  2. Maximum 10 minutes 
  3. Have a main Theme- Love, War, etc.
  4. In the intro tell what it is that you are showing and why it is relevant or meaningful


  1. Explain how to do something or how something works  Maximum 10 minutes
  2. Objects or physical activity must be exhibited

4-Minute Speech

  1. Contemporary American Problem  (Don’t have to give a solution but you can)
  2. Informative
  3. Original
  4. No visual aid

Special Occasion

  1. Maximum 8  minutes   Choose one of the selected topics
  2. Create a sense of audience.....knowing who the audience would be and relate to them

8 Minute Oratory- same as 4 minute just longer and has to have a purpose/solution

  1. Persuasive
  2. Problem solution
  3. Or urging the adoption of a policy
  4. Use compelling language
  5. Contemporary American Problem

Prose (a lot of emotion)

  1. Short stories, novels, soliloquies, essays centering on a theme. 
  2. No acting

Solo Acting (a lot of emotion)
Humorous (more characters) or Serious (fewer characters)

  1. Intro memorized
  2. Entire thing is memorized
  3. No props.....Only a chair
  4. Teasers are allowed in the introduction
  5. Shoulders (for size)......... Knee bending (for height).......Stance (Variety).......Voice
  6. Use prose for these

Poetry (Read with feelings, e.g. Sad…Disturbed (The Raven)…confused…..Love……)

  1. Use a pseudonym if you are using your own poetry
  2. Center on a specific theme or emotion  
  3. 8 minutes

Playacting (Self-explanatory: A group of 2-5 students acting out a short 10 minute play)

Radio Announcing (Student that can work under pressure..Radio Voice...different voices maybe)

  1. 5 minutes
  2. Intro and Transitional statements and ending can be prepared.
  3. Rustling of paper is a no-no or anything you can hear on a radio
  4. Speaker can have own stopwatch
  5. 1 point deduction for every 10 seconds
  6. Just read it

Public Address (same as 8 minute oratory except the topic is chosen for you by the state)

1. 6-8 minutes 
2. Choose one of the selected topics

Storytelling (Choose one of the selected topics by the State -- for lively people who can do voices).

  1. Have to sit in a chair
  2. Notes are not permitted
  3. Voice and body should be emphasized
  4. Create an audience

 Forensics “Friends and Family Night”

Watch for the night in spring when the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics Team presents an open house of entertainment for 1 night only.
Come and experience what one of the best forensics teams in the state has to offer as members hone their skills preparing for State Competition @ U.W. Madison.


Mr. Steve Lauber