High School Forensics

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Mrs. Gracie Newman


Forensics prepares students for numerous presentation skills needed in situations outside of the classroom.  Impromptu speaking is a must while prepared speeches also help students build competent communication skills.  Students build the ability to talk to "strangers" and present themselves with self-confidence and poise. Forensics Class students are required to attend six meets during each season.
Coach Gracie Newman has coached Humboldt High School Forensics since 1995, with the exception of one year.
Class Info on Twitter:   #HHSCubsForensics


Forensics Team consists of students traveling to surrounding tournaments to compete for recognition of their interpretive skills.  Speeches and dramatic selections and prepared and presented at these tournaments.  Our season begins the last weekend in January and ends with State Speech and Drama activities the first weekend in May. The Forensics team prepares for performances at competitions. There are two categories with nine events performed:
Speech Events include:

  • Original Oration,
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Informative Speech.

Interpretive Events include:

  • Interpretation of Prose
  • Interpretation of Poetry
  • Serious Solo Acting
  • Humorous Solo Acting
  • Duet Acting
  • Improvised Duet Acting

Tentative 2014 Schedule


Departure Times


January 25

@ Neodesha

6:15 a.m.

Feb. 1

@ Iola

7:00 a.m.

Feb. 8


Feb. 15


Feb. 22


Mar. 1

League @ Caney

5:50 a.m.

*Mandatory League Participation

March 8


April 5


April 19

Speech Festival @ Neodesha

Times TBA

*Final Opportunity to go to State Activities

May 3

State Speech @ Wichita


*State Activities: can only participate if eligible

Team Awards: 

2013 Team Accomplishments:

  • Hailey Dixon has received 1st and 5th place in Extemporaneous Speaking and 2nd place in Informative speaking; she is eligible for state in May.
  • Chelsea Lea received 2nd place in Original Oration and is eligible for state in May.
  •  Layne Gonzalez has received 4th  and 6th places in Serious Solo.
  • Caley Schomaker received 6th place in Informative Speaking
  • Chelsey Minturn has received 6th place in Informative Speaking

2012 Team Letters and Accomplishments:

  • Chelsea Lea
  • Layne Gonzalez
  • Anna Setter
  • Kolbyn Allen
  • Leighton Jaro
  • Brittany Martin
  • Chelsea Lea received 4th place in Original Oration and 5th place in Humorous Solo at Tri-Valley League Forensics meet in Yates Center on March 3. Chelsea went to State Forensics and received a gold medal for a "I" Rating!!!
  • Leighton Jaro received 6th place in Original  Oration at Neodesha and Iola.
  • Chelsea Lea received 5th place in Original Oration at Neodesha. She also received 2nd place in Original Oration at Moran, making her eligible for State in that event. Her Humorous solo also received a 3rd place at the Moran meet.
  • Kolbyn Allen received 6th place in her Interpretation of Prose at the Moran meet.

2011 Team Accomplishments:

  • Stevie Barfoot received 4th place in Original Oration and Kindahl Young received 6th place in Original Oration at the Neodesha Tournament on January 29.
  • HHS hosted a meet on February 26; it was successfully completed.
  • Kindahl Young received a 3 in Original Oration; she and Michaela Bartlett received a 3 in Improvised Duet Acting at the TriValley League Meet in Neodesha on March 5.  HHS received 3rd Place Honorable Mention in Tournament Sweepstakes.
  • Michaela Bartlett and Ashley Murrow attended State Speech competition and both received a 3 rating in their events.

The 2011 season was successfully completed!