Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association
Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association


The WFCA's mission is "to instill and develop in students communication skills vital for a lifetime of effective participation in a democratic society." To that end, the WFCA promotes the interests of Wisconsin interscholastic forensics by assisting in the regulation and improvement of forensic practices and by serving as a forum for the airing of opinions concerning forensic activities. Member schools receive notices of invitational tournaments through an official mailing list. The season culminates with the State Tournament, open to every member school. Read more ...

See the video of coaches reflecting on the impact of forensics and scenes from the 2010 State Tournament.

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Back to School 2017

Hello WFCA coaches,

I hope the summer has been full of fun and excitement, as well as time to relax for all of you. Hard to believe that a new school year is almost upon us, and along with it comes out annual fall business meeting for the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches' Association. We really hope you and any other representatives from your school can come to join us.

Our meeting will be held at Marquette University High School (3401 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208) on Saturday, September 16th. In the morning, we will host a coaching clinic at 9:00. This will be a convenient opportunity to meet your school's obligation to attend a coaching clinic for the 2018 season as you reconnect with old and new coach friends. After the coaching clinic, we will break for lunch on your own, and reconvene for the general business meeting at 1:00.

Amongst our topics of discussion at the business meeting are the 2018 tournament calendar, updated topics for Storytelling, Special Occasion, and Moments in History, updates and changes to our category rules, and any other proposals brought forth by the membership.

If you have any proposals for changes that you would like to have discussed and voted upon at the fall meeting, please submit them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Saturday, August 26th. Changes to constitutional bylaws require a 2/3 majority vote from all schools in attendance at two consecutive meetings, while changes to operational bylaws require a simple majority vote at one single meeting.

Be sure to check back at www.wfcaforensics.org to read the proposals that have been submitted and prepare for discussion at the fall meeting.

Please make a point to share this message with any coaches who may not be on the WFCA mailing list or who may be new to the organization. We want to have as broad of a representation of coaches at the meeting as we can. If your school will be unable to send a representative, we still want to hear from you. Feel free to send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send a message to me at (414)688-2817 with any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions you may have.

In the mean time, it's never to early to download the WFCA membership renewal form for this year and get it submitted.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at Marquette University High School for our fall meeting on September 16th.

Ben Kroll
WFCA president, 2018

2017 Spring Meeting Recap

The 2017 WFCA Spring Meeting was held on May 6 in Sheboygan. Here is a brief summary:

Distinguished coach Tom Hardin of James Madison Memorial High School was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame for his dedication to his students, the WFCA, and the forensics community.

The 2017-18 proposed calendar was presented. The 2018 State Tournament at UW-Whitewater will be April 6 for Congress and April 7 for all other events, but the remainder of the calendar will become official at the fall meeting in September.

Officer terms concluded for Debra Weiher-Traas as Past-President and Michael Traas as Secretary. Elections were held for the two open positions. John Peschl was elected as Secretary, and John Rademacher was elected as President-Elect. Officers continuing to serve next year are Ben Kroll, President; Mariah Ervin, Past-President; and Amy Geyser, Treasurer.

Other business conducted at the meeting:

An ad-hoc committee for Grant Research / Funding has been established and will be chaired by Ron Steinhorst.

A proposal to add a fee for late drops at the state tournament passed after being amended from "drops" to "changes". The bylaw will read: "A fee of $15 will be charged for any changes occurring after the posted tournament close time."

Proposals for a state tournament qualification system and a change in sweepstakes calculation for the state tournament failed to pass. A proposal to change the time limits for Group Interpretation and Play Acting from 12 to 10 minutes was tabled. Other proposals concerning category rules were rescinded but may be looked at by the Category Committee.

tom hardin hall of fame

James Madison Memorial Coach Tom Hardin is inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame, presented by Past-President Debra Weiher-Traas.

WFCA Fall 2017 Meeting


Hello again WFCA coaches!

We look forward to meeting with you all on Saturday for our fall business meeting at 1:00 at Marquette University High School. We hope you can also join us for our first Coaching Clinic of the year at 9:00.

Both of these will be held in the President's Hall (room 330) at Marquette University High School. To get there from the main entrance, take the main staircase up two fights to the 3rd floor. For parking, please use the faculty parking lot off of Michigan Street.

Lunch is officially on your own, but the board recommends carpooling to make the short trip to the Milwaukee Public Market, where there is quite a variety of lunch options to suit all tastes.

If you haven't done so yet, read through the proposals to get a better understanding of what we'll be voting on. You can also listen to the latest episode of the Forensics Faces podcast ( https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3bkak-72ec5b ) to hear some preliminary discussion of those proposals.

If you have any questions between now and Saturday, please send me a message at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text me at 414-688-2817.

Thanks, and we'll see you on Saturday.

Ben Kroll

WFCA President

The fall meeting will be Saturday, September 16 at Marquette University High School, 3401 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208.

There is a coaching clinic at 9:00, a lunch break, and the business meeting will begin at 1:00.

This is also the date of the debate tournament at MUHS, making it convenient for forensics coaches who will be there for debate.

Proposals received so far include:

 passed  The Category Committee's reommended topics for Moments in History, Special Occasion Speaking, and Storytelling

 passed   A proposal to establish Impromptu Speaking as a regular WFCA category

 failed   A proposal to address restarting in all categories

 passed  A proposal to remove references to acting in interpretation

 passed   A proposal to eliminate another speaking stand reference and center stage requirement from Group Interp

 tabled and referred to Category Committee   A proposal to allow visual aids in Informative Speaking

 passed   A proposal to clarify "worthy" topic in Informative Speaking

 tabled and referred to Category Committee   A proposal to clarify acting in Special Occasion Speaking

 passed   A proposal for uniformity in the "Pupose of Category" statement

 passed with amendment  A proposal for professional voices in Radio  amended: multiple voices are not permitted apart from the commercial

rescinded (encouraged to be addressed by Category Committee)   A proposal to change the number of stories in Storytelling

2017 Wisconsin Forensics Coaches' Association Champions Announced


Results on Speechwire

Results Files:

WFCA Student Congress

WFCA State Tournament Team Sweepstakes, Elimination Rounds, and Preliminary Rounds

The Wisconsin Forensics Coaches' Association (WFCA) announces the champions of the 2017 WFCA State Tournament.  The event was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 31 and April 1. The tournament marks the capstone of high school competitive speech activities for Wisconsin students. This year, over 1000 students from 74 schools across the state competed in various events.

Coach Tom Hardin from James Madison Memorial High School was awarded the William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence.


In team awards, James Madison Memorial High School was named Division 1 State Champion, Waunakee High School was named Division 2 State Champion, and St. Lawrence Seminary High School was named Division 3 State Champion.


The 2017 congress, speech, and interpretive event state champions are:

Colin Gray-Hoehn from Brookfield East in Student Congress

Devika Kamath from James Madison Memorial High School in Demonstration Speaking

Bella Hyndiuk and Michelle Lazar from Brookfield East High School in Duo Interpretation

Anurag Sandireddy
from James Madison Memorial High School in Extemporaneous Speaking

Humberto Huerta
from St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Farrago

Bryant Nguyen, Jefferson Nguyen , Martin Vu, Peter Hall and Teddy le
from St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Group Interpretation

Jack Larsen from Sussex-Hamilton in Impromptu Speaking

Evanka Annyapu
from James Madison Memorial High School in Informative Speaking

Erik Bakken
from Appleton North High School in Moments in History

Madison Carlson
from Sun Prairie in Oral Interpretation

Priyanka Iyer
from Franklin High School in Oratory

Julia Holschuh and Mikenna Buchinger
from Kaukauna High School in Play Acting

Kellen Sharp
from Ronald Reagan High School in Poetry

John Vu
from St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Prose

Joe Skubal
from Slinger High School in Radio Announcing

Rachel Bednarowski
from Appleton East HS in Solo Humorous Acting

Durran Goodwin
from Rufus King in Solo Serious Acting

Addie Zweifel
from James Madison Memorial High School in Special Occasion Speaking

Sophia Kulow
from Sun Prairie in Storytelling

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